"Huge learning curve, poor execution."1.5 starson by SamS1296
Pros: It's high time for an update from Microsoft and it's almost here. The new metro interface looks nice, and the idea of the App Store is a big plus.
Cons: This update is way over the top (in a bad way). The startup times are slow (unlike the ads state), and the experience is too "simplified" (it is now impossible for advanced users to use). The metro interface focuses on mobile users not desktop users.
Summary: First and foremost, the Metro Interface design is (although the subtle animations are smooth) clunky; impossible to figure out, with all the hot corners; and too focused on mobile users. It feels like Microsoft completely ignores the desktop user and forgets the fact that not everyone has a touch screen or is ready to go out and buy one. The interface is now touch oriented and the hot corners are nearly impossible to use with a mouse. The other problem is that Microsoft seems to be "phasing out" the desktop which is necessary for many tasks. Microsoft has also combined the Metro UI with the Classic UI... to be honest it looks like they're trying to go back to Windows in the 90s. I could go on a lot more about the lack of developer tools, the horrible experience and about a million other things wrong with Windows 8 but I won't. Overall it isn't very good unless you're on Microsoft's new Surface tablet.