"Turning its back on desktops."2.0 starson by ppgreat
Pros: "Metro" is a good attempt at something different. The OS seems faster and more responsive.
Cons: It's a mobile OS. Too many compromises to make for the sake of the "Metro" UI getting in the way on the desktop. IE is still behind the curve of other modern web browsers and you are forced into a full screen mode that shows its mobile roots.
Summary: Kudos to MS for trying something different, but as a desktop OS it's a terrible mess. You are forced to go through the "Metro" UI and all it does is add extra clicks to your navigation. The Charms bar (terrible name!) is difficult to invoke and does not add enough functionality to warrant its inclusion. The old maxim "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" applies to Win8. Throw out the arguments of having to learn something new, which I never buy into, and it just doesn't do anything to make one more productive. MS is still locked into its monopolistic thinking and believes that it can ship anything and IT people will purchase it in the enterprise. And the look and feel of the new Office coming up only makes it worse. I predict very slow adoption and a LOT of changes in the first service pack to address the early adopter complaints. If OEM CEOs are publicly criticizing it, you know its going to happen.