Sure am glad I am not alone
I hope you read other sites beside CNET forums. I am not the only person who thinks M$ trying to make the desktop, laptop look and fell like a cellphone or tablet. Did yo read the link in this post. It says a lot about how Win 8 and this new change we must except.
As far as being bent on trying to tell the world, I think you give me, my opinion and CNET forums to much credit. We are just a speck in the universe and the internet. But, I do enjoy expressing it and reading replies like yours which express all change is good and must be excepted. I think it comes from our different backgrounds. In Merica we take pride in not falling in step when we are told to. I have no idea how it is across the pond.
For example. You say that those in your office and the 150 plus user resisted the upgrade to 95. That is surprising to me, at least by what I saw. Here, M$ was just another player in the business market. I use to get a kick out of the different system I ran into. Shot, most business still had dumb terminal and had no desire to move to M$. The thing I remember was the long lines at midnight and the excitement 95 generated. It seems every store that sold software had 50 or more people with home puters waiting for the store to open to get the new Win 95 so they could get away from 3.1. Why it was so much different across the pond baffles me but that is what makes our world so much fun. I bet anything if I could find most of them they would still tells us that 95 was a great OS. But then again they did not have to support it. My favorite saying when someone ask me why it BSOD was, oh it suppose to do that, just to remind you that M$ wrote it. To be fair, at least half of the BSOD in Win 95, 98, ME, XP and Vista had more to do with badly written programs and drivers then the OS.
The thing M$ and those who are saying that we are stuck with this Metro is missing one important fact. M$ does not have the hold on the market as they use to. They think by making the touch screen a dominate input device and writing the OS around it, that they can capture more mobile market share. They where able to leverage almost total control over the browser market back in the day with IE by making it free and including it in the OS. Those days are long over and we no longer have to take what they try to jam down out throats. Vista proved that. Remember it never captured the market share it was suppose to. When Metro turns around and bites them in the rear and people give up and move to other devices M$ will not be their choice for anything.
Like you said, time will tell. If we use past history we can make a prediction. It is going to fail. It is going to make ME, Vista, Google Firefox and the new ZoneAlarm v10 look like pure genius wrote those changes.