Question of liking Window 8 - I actually like 8 and 8.1. I think I was one of the first to publish a dozen tutorials about the very early versions of 8. But I still believe that it is not the best solution for the desktop user. A complete revamping of the UI for the desktop user was as necessary as a shot into the knee.
I spent 35 years of my life in architecture, design and implementation of operating systems. I know that developers do crazy things like that. But I also know that it would have been easy to provide a version for without touch and a version for touch. That would have avoided all that flack. But M$ is stybborn. They are strategy driven not user requirements driven - which again is something I have seen many times.