This is the one thing I love most about a new release of software. When people express their opinion on it and it is negative they must be shamed into silence. We are whiners, not cool or hip. We just do not get it. I have even read worst but will not repeat them. I find it to be comical to say the least. I think it would better to express what you find to be so good about it.
I will not deny that there is many good features in Win 8 but the Metro screen and the charm bar alone is going to doom it. I could care less about the start up, shut down times.
I have from the beginning expressed that the Metro screen and M$ desire to push the touch, mobile experience to the desktop, laptops user is just a bad idea. Making any input device such as a touch screen the dominate input device and writing the OS around that is going to be bad for those who do not have touch screen. Have you priced a laptop with a touch screen? Have you priced a touch screen for a desktop? They are not cheap.
A M$ executive even stated that using Win 8 Metro without a touch screen is going to feel a tad retro. What does that tell you about those who have desktop, laptop and the experience they are going to have if they do not have the dominate input device the touch screen. If you will read my post Metro or else you will also see how M$ is going to cripple certain experiences on the desktop to make the user think that Metro is better.
If it helps you to understand this I will carry it one step further. A desktop, laptop is not a mobile device. Laptops can be consider a portable device but it is definitely not a mobile device.
PLEASE, try to understand that insulting those who do not agree with you in thinking that it is the greatest thing since sliced bread came onto the scene does not help sell it at all.
about 8. For those who haven't tried 8CP, do it and then comment on Metro, etc. Don't speculate without experience or with alpha version. What does it cost ya? Ok, a CD for the ISO and your time. Backup the image of you 7 or XP or whatever, so that you can restore to your beloved, if 8CP is still a total bummer.
I find that 8 works as well as 7, the core is as stable as 7, and Metro is an annoyance but not a deal breaker. 7 drivers work on 8. It boots and powers down faster, making HDDs seemingly acceptable compared to SSDs. Only found a glitch when an app crashes if I use the tab key in one instance but that is it! I won't be upgrading from 7 because ROI doesn't justify but I won't be upset for instance with 8 on an Ivy Bridge Ultrabook. Yum!