If I could do everything I want and need from a non-Metro interface, I would probably be able to deal with it
However, therein lies the rub ... so far as I've experienced (Win 8 consumer preview build 5280) and read, there is really NO WAY to do much at all with going through Metro in some manner or other.
There does not seem to be any interface or access to programs or system internals from the desktop view. That's simply a deal-breaker for me.
In my scratch install, the only programs accessible to me from desktop are Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer ... neither or which is how I want to find or access the tools or other programs installed or inherent to the system. There is no Programs menu. Why? I dunno, but I'm willing to bet it's a brutally stupid reason.
I am >not< interested in hacks ... any number of folk will post / have already posted their recipes for building hacks to add functions to the desktop. That is not acceptible to me as a consumer, or as an IT professional. I will not build macros or scripts or batch files or update ini's or conf files anywhere, or purchase or install 3rd party software, in order to get the same or similar ease of operation that I currently experience with Windows 7 right out of the box. I expect complete and easy operation from the get-go, and on that front Win8 completely and utterly fails to meet expectations.
Check it out ... the company I work for is STILL running Windows XP Professional as their corporate desktop image. That's on OS that's over a decade old (not counting fixpacks)!!!! And this is a Fortune 500 company to boot. I assure you that companies that are THIS conservative will NOT in any way, shape, or form EVER consider the radical change that would be necessary to migrate to Windows 8 with the Metro interface. They'd go Linux on the desktop before they'd go Metro.
Microsoft is shooting themselves in the foot in slow motion with this boondoggle. They need to perform some pretty radical surgery to Win8 if they expect it to ever succeed in the PC market.
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