If I run desktop apps, I can run outlook on my second monitor and see new e-mail when it arrives and I don't have to switch focus to do it. I can also run media player on the same monitor reduced in Now Playing mode and see what's playing and not have to switch focus to do it. All while typing this post in the desktop IE on my main screen. If Metro is so good, and the future of computing, why is it so restrictive?
Honestly I don't think you give the general public enough credit about at least knowing that Windows 8 has a superior polished code which is more efficient compared to Windows 7, if for no other reason they know because the tech media and even the general media have informed them of these improvements.
If we understand that M$ needs to profit from the Applications part of their business and many of us do NOT want to have the metro UI in our version why doesn't MS
offer an "Enterprise/PowerUser" edition of Windows 8 with the the Desktop UI as default (of course the option to enable Metro if you wish) and charge us more money for it. I am absolutely willing to pay more if need be in lieu of having Metro forced on me.
For the record I will NEVER purchase any OSX from Apple because I despise their corporate philosophy and the legions of morons that seem to line up to be ripped off so they can be called
"hip" by the mindless media.
There are some neat things about the live tiles and such, MS could have EASILY integrated that directly with the desktop as well as allowed dynamic resize of metro apps on the desktop and made the Windows 8 Desktop truly awesome.
Given my current desktop size I should be able to run 10-20 metro apps at reduced (and proper) sizes (1920x1600 for sudoku?!?). Or run 6-8 of them side by side on the secondary, leaving my main desktop for "real" apps. Which is basically how I work now, but instead of metro apps I have all my monitoring apps, clock, media player, IE, etc on the secondary, each one taking up only a small portion of the screen and always visiable at a glance. Not a alt+tab+tab+tab, glance, alt+tab+tab+tab+tab+tab...
For someone like me (and there are /millions/ of us) Metro is far too restrictive. Unimaginably restrictive, therefore generally unusable, but always there and constantly in the way.
I think Micrososft has a chance if they (especially in the Pro version) put the Startmenu back in or at least when clicking on the desktop app- put it in there. This way you have a choice which way you want your desktop to look like and it makes it easier for those like myself to choice. I like the startmenu and I would keep the desk app open all the time and look at my apps from there.
If they do not put back the start menu I do not see most busineses adapting to the metro because now they have to spend money in getting in IT people to teach their employees how to use it. The employees from ages 18-40 I do not see a problem adapting but the ages 40+ I definetly see a problem adapting to this new OS. (and i am not talking about those who are experts in computers I am talking about the average "Jo".