I keep coming back into this forum from time to time, checking to see what is new with this coming OS. Love it or hate it, this is a huge transition for Microsoft and I for one am quite curious to see how this all plays out after launch.
What I keep noticing as I peruse these forums is that most in here fall into 1 of basically two categories. There are those who cannot stand the new interface (metro, lack of start button, start menu) and who are very frustrated with the changes after trying it out. This group I suspect is the larger of the two... Then there are those who love Windows 8 (they find it to be snappier, use less ram, etc). Most folks in this latter category have either managed to embrace the new UI and metro, or more often it seems, they have managed to use some 3rd party program to get Windows 8 to behave like good ol' Windows used to.
So what you see around here, are thread after thread where we have people posting their frustrations with the OS, and then we have people replying to them telling them that all they have to do is install this 3rd party app and everything will be peachy, it will behave just like 7 did.
To me this is no solution to the core problem, which is that Microsoft has once again taken away the power of choice from the end user. We don't get to choose. We are not smart enough it seems to know what we should like. I think they are in for a rude awakening. Can they not see that there is something completely wrong with having to install a 3rd party app in order to fix the core software on a computer day 1 upon purchase. Most average computer users will be challenged enough just using this new OS (as that video that went viral of the Dad on youtube clearly shows), let alone figuring out that there is an app out there that they might install to make their computer behave like they are used to it behaving.
Just another 2 cents dropped into the lonely pond of comments that Microsoft is choosing to ignore. That pile of sense is getting huge..