Re: I believe it
@steven roper - quality gibberish there. Clearly no idea what you're talking about!
re: Microsoft account. Not needed in 8.0, not needed in 8.1.
re: installing software. Have you actually tried to install software like you would expect to? Or are you referring to WinRT on Surface?
re: cloud storage. Been using 8.0 and now 8.1 since launch, i have no cloud storage from anywhere (i think my icloud account might come with some but i dont' use it). I see no references, pop ups, nags etc. to coerce me to use cloud storage? I have a c: drive - it lets me use it like all the previous versions of Windows. Where are you being "constantly pushed towards unwanted cloud storage"? Maybe i downloaded a different version to you.
re: ownership. I know this is hot in the industry, fair enough. But my experience of 8.x suggests no transfer of ownership of my hardware, OS or data. Yet anyway. Other than rhetoric, where and how is Windows 8.x urging you to move your data to the cloud?
re: walled garden - you really haven't used it have you. Unless you're talking WinRT again.
re: constantly monitored, logged and spied on. Sure another hot topic, but do you feel Win8.x does this any more than say OSX Mavericks or iOS? (if you use them), or your OS-independent broadband provider at home?
Availability - got my 8.1 from MVLS. This is an IT pro site right? App Store schmapp schmore.
Installed fine, OOBE does admittedly try to trick you into signing up to an MS account, but two clicks get you round that and using a local account as per the last 15 years. Join to domain, wham bam. It's windows 7 but faster. Really don't see what all the fuss is about TIFAKMSJUDJEHZ and all the other stupid stuff people moan about it. None of it matters - it's a means to an end, a tool to do a job, the job being the important thing right? It's not a religion.
Try it - it's pretty good. Win 7 on steroids.
I think a alot of confusion comes from MS\Windows trying to be all things to all people. As a sysadmin dealing primarily with vsphere, windows\AD\Exch\SQL and supporting technologies, it ticks all the boxes for me (like 7 did, like Mavericks does, like Xub 13.10 does). Tool to do a job.
If you're an IT pro put off by the new start menu and not booting straight to desktop, then i think you're in the wrong job...
Still - i will admit.... doesn't come close to MBP with Mavericks for a bit of couch-based slickness at home :-)