RE:500 new features
"With 500 new features"
How many of them will work?
.. if the past performance of Micros~1 is anything to go by, it will go something like this:
500 features promised, 100 delivered, 10 work, I'm being generous here, and you know it.
Next, SP1 will be rushed out with little to no testing, even by Micros~1 standards. Even though SP1 will fix the biggest and nastiest issues, the masochistic 'early adopters' and others will still be losing data, losing productivity, moaning, gnashing teeth and generally having a pretty bad time of it. SP1 will likely introduce a few more nasty bugs as well.
Eventually SP2 will be out and Win8 will be around 60% to 80% of the quality of the last release of Windows. Whereupon all the Micros~1 fanbois will whoop and rant about how much better Win8 is than ANYTHING ever in the history of the universe.
Meanwhile users of other operating systems will chuckle to ourselves while we use real OSes that work and have all of the features that came with previous versions plus new or improved features from the current generation. That is to say Linux and for the most part Apple software does not mysteriously lose some of their most used features when a new version comes along.
Don't shoot the messenger, you asked.