Not everybody in the us is poor nor do we think Apple products are over priced.
I buy my pcs knowing they're disposable, replaced yearly, and I buy my apple products knowing they'll last and perform well for years.
I still use my iMac 2010 daily but I've went through 3 PC since 2010.
But then again, I don't use my PC for the same thing than my iMac. I use my iMac mostly for productivity and web design. My PC is used for 3D rendering, video encoding and software dev. I have to say the iMac as a way better display than any LCD monitor I've bought for my PCs. Something about the glass giving better contrast and more vibrant colors. But I'm saving my money to get myself a brand new Dell Ultrasharp 30".
What is making it hard for me to do the same thing on the Mac that I do on my PC is the fact that the iMac uses mobile grade GPU and has no expandability beside the ram. I would have to go the PowerMac route, but those are built on yesterday hardware and cost more than my car is worth. Beside I don't really need a Xeon processor since most of my rendering and encoding is CUDA based.
As for "power Users" - that word seems to be thrown around a lot without really understanding what "Power User" is. When I think of Power Users, I think of server editions of Windows.
BTW the "Administrative Tools" (for the power users) is still there in Windows 8 - Win Key + C to bring up the Charm Bar, click Search, type "control" in Search bar, left side click "Control Panel", than click "Administrative Tools". Took all of a second and a half. In fact it takes longer the read this than to actually get to the admin tools
Point - it's not as bad as some are making it to be. And Search works really well.
Yes, I realize you could access it quicker from a desktop with a Start Button, but... really???
To me, the biggest issue is the massive change Microsoft did with the UI, which does take some getting used to. The other issue is the in your face tiles, which I personally dislike. But, again, get past that, and it's not really much different from 7.
My two cents.
Whatever Windows 7 could do, Windows 8 does better. That should be the tagline for 8.
File Explorer for example, I have no idea what I'm doing now with Windows 7 when trying to search for a misplaced video file that was downloaded. You have to right click and use the context menu just to change sorting options, or use the Organize drop down menu to open the Folder Properties dialog box to show hidden files and folders. In Windows 8, this is literally just a couple of clicks on the Ribbon.
Hard drive issue detecting is basically not there in 7. In 8, it ACTUALLY warns the user of hard disk errors through Action Center. Action Center in 8 is of genuine use whereas 7, it just alerts you from time to time about anti virus not being on or some such. In 8, it alerts you to EVERYTHING.
Essentially, what you can do in Windows 8, you kind of can do in 7, except you need A LOT of third party input to accomplish. In 8, that's just all neatly slipstreamed natively into the system.
It is clear the general public aren't going for it in big numbers.
People on forums posting how once you get past the metro rubbish it is like 7, or even worse, blaming the public for being lazy - pointless.
A lot of people don't like a particular type of ice cream . The end.
Why tell them they must get used to it - or tell them to force themselves and some of them may eventually grow to like it- or cover it with chocolate sauce and it won't be so bad - that is crazy.
They don't like it. Period.
"Whatever Windows 7 could do, it no have need to make-a interfere on it by Windows 8 other screen and please make-a Aero return to festive joy."