I've had that happen too. Some friends on facebook have messaged me on how they love Windows 8, a couple actually said that about Office 2013 too!I have already learned that I should stay out from these discussions, but let me just say this: Of all "regular users" I have talked or shown Windows 8, at least four fifths are and have been very positive about it, about a half has made switch to Eight straight away and a surprisingly great number of those have later sent a message or called telling how nice it is.
My almost computer illiterate family members and friends are also a good example. Take my wife, who after a few extra lessons on how to use her Hotmail account on the IE10 app found out everything else on her own. My neighbors wife asked why is it that first now Windows has become so easy everyone can use it, talking about Start Screen. I even have a number of converts, Mac to Eight telling how Windows is finally nice to use.
As I do not know it for sure, I can only guess that some of the positive feedback me and my colleagues are getting is because when we tell and show Windows 8, we do not accompany presentation with "BTW, it sucks", "Trust me, I am a pro, it's not good for you", "Worst OS ever" and such statements. Instead we show how easy it is to use and customize as you want to, that you can run any app and program you had on Seven etc.
Always amusing to read these threads. "Absolutely nobody want to use it even if free", "Nobody likes it", "Everybody hates it", "No business will ever use it" and so on. Statements like this presented as facts!
I know I will receive my usual share of negative feedback again but honestly, I do not care. And this all for what? Start Screen which can be bypassed and one missing button which can be brought back.
I do not repost my earlier posts often, in fact I am not sure if I have ever done it, but now I want to post what I wrote a few weeks back in another thread:
This about how many clicks it takes to restart is once again one of those small shameless lies used to negate and bash Windows 8. By default it takes 3 clicks to restart Windows 7 and 3 clicks to restart Windows 8, two if you do Win + I first.
Before someone responses that "But in Windows 8 before you can make the first of those three clicks you must bring the pointer to the corner to open charms!", I just want to remind you that in Windows 7 you have to bring the pointer to a corner to be able to click Start.
I have not joined these discussions as I find it useless, like this well know imaginary gentleman from La Mancha fighting the windmills. Is there something wrong in me because I find Windows 8 both nice, fast and easy to use? Please keep in mind I have no touch screen devices except the mobile phone. No, I am talking about Windows 8 on a normal laptop or desktop. Also, I am not talking as a normal home user who needs PC and Windows only to surf the net, email and games. No, I am talking about my use of Windows 8 both as a heavy duty geek in private life and professional use of Windows 8 working in a company which among other things is developing tailor made Windows 8 in a stick (Windows ToGo) systems for business use.
It is so extremely easy to find anything on my PC now with Windows 8. For newbies I recommend you try to learn to use Win + Q, Win + W and Win + F keyboard shortcuts and learn their difference, and you have no more need to desperately seek your hard disks. Basically Windows 8 is nothing else than a revamped Seven; not counting the Start button, everything else is there. It runs same software PLUS additional Windows Apps, it can mount an ISO image natively, first time in PC history a normal OS includes an advanced virtualization platform with no additional cost (Hyper-V, available in Pro and Enterprise).
It is funny to read these comments about how a feature should be natively included in Windows 8, that it is a failure because this or that feature is only available through a third party tool. Most often these comments come from users who have Windows 7 filled with third party tools, Daemon or similar to mount ISOs, Rocketdock to get "nicer" buttons, Rainmeter skins because they are not happy with the default Windows themes, and so on.
I am 54 years old. I've done this all my adult life. I left the world of Windows mid 90's for Unix and Linux as I needed something Windows was not capable to give me. Windows XP brought my interest back, Seven took me totally back to Windows and Eight confirmed it: Windows is my operating system. Flexible, easy, fast, reliable.
Thank you Microsoft.
Personally I find this whole "no start menu" to be manufactured issue by the Linux/IT user base who care less about UI changes obviously than they do feature set changes. Even some people here who do not like Windows 8 will complain about the Unity interface on Ubuntu, even though Unity is BY FAR so insignificant compared to Windows 8....