The problem for Windows releases
I am by no means a Microsoft shill, if there was a Linux desktop that met me needs I would be using it.
In the past I begrudgingly ran Windows 7, far too many applications I need are dependant on Windows and the firm I work for is a Windows shop, back to front.
Windows 8 was one of the first Windows releases I was keen on.
First of all it is far more secure than any other consumer operating system today. To get equivelant protection on a Linux desktop you would need to be running grsec or something similar. I know this is hard to stomach for the Linux community, but MS have really lifted their game when it comes to security.
Second, on a non-touch device, the metro ui is not as much of a hassle as journalists would have you believe. On a touch device, it is beautiful and elegant. From a desktop perspective, its just a full screen start menu. If you want your regularly used applications to be accessabel immediately from the legacy UI, you just pin them to the task bar. Journalists have a knack for taking something so small and turning it into a world ending revelation.
Which brings me to my point, I think the biggest problem faced by Microsoft (or any large vendor really), is that we now have a new class of technical journalist. These are people who do not have a background in programming or system administsration. They are pure journalists writing for the masses.
To a journalist which will get more reads?:
1 - A fantatsic release form Microsoft, bringing together two different UI pradigms into one cohesive operating system
2 - A dismal release, grandma's, grandpa's and students alike, baffled by vomit interface spawned by satan himself
Thats what it comes down to, these career journo's are not interested in the art or science of computing. They will do whatever turns them a dollar. And what turns them a dollar is page views and clicks.