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I'm completely baffled by the negative reviews. I've been using Windows 8 (beginning with Developer's Preview) on my 5 year old laptop and Windows 7 on my significantly more powerful 2 year old desktop over the past 2 years, and Windows 8 has consistently booted faster, performed better, and was more reliable than Windows 7, despite the age and power difference between the two computers.
And I love Windows 7.
The complaints about the UI are senseless and reactionary. If you want to, you can use the OS exactly like Windows 7 99% of the time. In fact, most of the changes that would affect your desktop experience are almost objectively positive: faster boot times, improved UI for the task manager, improved copy/paste dialogue box, more functional UI in the Explorer, overall big performance boost.
The people who claim that this OS has hurt their workflow are either straight-up lying (since again, you can use the OS exactly like W7 99% of the time if you choose to, and even in the Start Menu things like searching are faster and more streamlined), or has used the OS for 5 minutes before rushing to write a negative review without actually learning to use a new product.
As for Metro, I absolutely love it. Granted, I've been using the OS and Windows Phone for a couple of years now, but as someone proficient in design/visual arts, I think that the UI is beautiful, and I think most others knowledgeable in the field (without significant biases against Microsoft) would agree considering how every other company has started moving in the same minimalist direction with similar UI choices over the past couple of years. I think that if most people gave it a chance and actually used it, especially with a touch screen, they would love it as well. Metro apps and the market are obviously still very young, but that will all improve and grow as more people (HOPEFULLY) buy the OS.
Also, for all the complainers out there, Microsoft is releasing Windows Blue (8.1) soon and that will fix or respond to many of the complaints made by seemingly stubborn upgraders, including the re-installment of the Start Button.
Lastly, yes this is an OS designed for tablets/touch screens. Tablets are NOT, however, inherently separate or different from PC's. Tablet is a form factor. The Tablet PC (which is the exact concept that Windows 8 is fulfilling) has been around for over a decade. The tablet only became commercially a peripheral device when Apple said that tablets were "supposed" to be such. As someone who's used a lot of hybrid devices (running both Windows 8 and Android...separately), I can tell you that having a tablet and full PC in the same device is amazing. It's simpler, easier, and the device is just more enjoyable to use than a limited tablet or an archaic laptop.
Anyway, my message would be: ignore the haters, this OS is fantastic. Best one I've used yet of any flavor (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, etc). Go in without preconceptions and realize that there are some big changes from Windows 7, and that change is not necessarily a bad thing. Once you actually use the OS for a little while (I assume if you buy it, then you would plan to use for more than twenty minutes or one day anyway, so taking some time to adjust/learn the new UI is a minimal & worthwhile time & energy investment) I think that most people will love it, especially on new hybrid devices.
This is nothing like Windows ME or Windows Vista, both of which looked much like their predecessors in terms of UI but performed like s***. This is like Windows 95. It's a big aesthetic shift and the UI is different, but it's an important and necessary change. Plus, the OS is faster, lighter, and better in every practical way from Windows 7.
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