I give Microsoft the latest 5 to 10 years if they don't smarten up and hire engineers that know what the user wants and believes heart and soul in desktops and laptops are still needed in todays markets more then ever and stop the MS left field thinking that tablets are they way to go! God Help MS then if they carry on the tablet road.
I want to confirm windows 8 pro is and has been a screw up and the windows 8 pro so called blue or windows 8.1 is just a SP nothing more and nothing less same core code same registry not too much will change just some eye candy and like your said search big deal, and you can kiss the start botton as you did know it from past or older OS's from MS example my 3 fav OS to date at least for me #1 Windows 7 Enterprise #2 Windows NT ( amazing OS ) and windows XP pro ( simple fast and right to the point OS and easy to maintain on giant networks )
If MS don't turn it around and start to make simple and right to the point OS's systems oh well Apple and their Mac's and Mac OS will leave MS in the dust and lots of talk the Google will be bringing out later this year some very nice OS systems into the market in partnership with Java and Adobe this will be very Interesting
Apple Mac division is all ready 10 years ahead for personal computing OS, what I been told by 2015 Apple Mac devision will be looking into enterprise and large Organization OS systems wake up Microsoft before all you guys end up like BlackBerry one day in the future , one day here and one day gone forever