I find it absolutely hilarious how reliant people are on the start menu, and all this complaining about the whole metro concept itself.
the start menu - yes its gone, but its not really cuz its been turned into metro. metro is essentially a full screen start menu with the ability to run apps. metro has all of your most commonly used programs pinned to it, as were pinned to the left side of the start menu, and with the click of a button, youre viewing all your programs, as you would by going into all programs in the start menu. by typing, you are searching instantly - same thing in the win7 start menu. its honestly nothing more than a full screen start menu that can run apps.
and for those complaining about the constant switching to the desktop from metro - I guarantee that with the full release of win8, there will be metro versions of EVERYTHING standard with windows - control panel, task manager, explorer, office, etc. I am sure that Microsoft is smart enough to make these programs metro compatible, even if they aren't available at launch. and same thing with 3rd party apps - they take time to develop and gain approval, and I guarantee most developers aren't wasting their time even thinking of making apps for an OS that is still in testing.
the one complaint I do agree with is multitasking in metro. could have been done better, as 50/50, 33/33/33, 25/25/25/25, etc. the concept is great, but the 70/30 or whatever it is should not be the only option.
Except MS answered a question (with metro) that nobody really asked about in the first place. LOL
Not so many either. Too expensive, closed system, less software offer... Not everyone needs a social status to show.and yes even some to freaking Apple OSX.
People will just stay with Windows 7, Vista or XP, but many will move to Win8. It is not so bad if you ignore Metro.
Sure I like Windows, it gives me freedom, even Windows 8 gives me that. All my diverse tablets, phones, iPads, home theatre equipment, everything connects to my NAS.
If I'm a Fanboy of anything it's Tech, you could even call me a Tech nerd, but I also happen to like Windows and Android and IOS, I like anything to do with Tech.
I can control all my home theatre equipment through my iPad, Android tablet or Android phone or even a Netbook.
An OS to me is just a tool, I don't sit there and drool like a schoolboy over Aero or cry over the missing start menu, if the OS let's me do what I want, that's all I need, oh and I use Linux as well.
Do I fit into your category of a power user.
Now of course the support is less effective for Linux OS but compared to about five or seven years ago the number of supported programs, drivers, ect is excellent. I recommend Mint over Ubuntu especially if you want the experience similar to Windows XP or 7.
The unfortunate thing is I actually liked Microsoft and the general corporate philosophy in the past but now I see that they are trying to mould themselves into Apple, part deux. MS is destroying the reason why customers choose to use MS over the robber baron fruit company, it seems they are trying to emulate that clown shoe of a company. Sad to see it happen.