Well, I love Windows 8. There, I said it.
I honestly don't get what all the fuss is about. I have generally disliked Microsoft's interface design in the past, but have been blown away by just how bloody good Windows 8 is. I appear to be the only one, but come on. Register readers find this OS difficult? What's difficult about it? To open, say, Notepad in Windows 7: click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad; to open Notepad in Windows 8: type "Windows N O T E Enter". MS have taken the Start menu, removed its multiple layers of embedded folders, made it full-screen, given you the ability to easily rearrange everything in it, dragging each button wherever you like and even changing its size, added instant search that activates automatically the moment you start typing, and people miss the old Start menu? Why? It was an awkward pain in the arse; now it's useful.
And I don't have a touchscreen. I keep reading on here that Windows 8 is useless for non-touch devices. It's a major upgrade to my non-touch laptop, and I generally don't even bother plugging a mouse in; just with a touchpad, this OS is great.
I'm not taking the piss here. I've found this thing so ridiculously easy to pick up and so fast and useful, I am genuinely baffled by the apparent failure of the entire rest of Planet Earth to do the same. I'm just disappointed that Microsoft are going to start changing the OS in response to complaints. I hope they don't break my nice new OS.
I'll also add that I find it odd that people are criticising Windows 8 on the grounds that most users are using it as Windows 7. Is that not a good thing? What would Apple do -- indeed, what did they do with the launch of OSX? "We've got a new OS. We're scrapping the old one. If you liked it, fuck you." Microsoft provide, as ever, a world-beating level of backwards-compatibility, clearly having decided to give users years to gradually adjust, and this is somehow proof that they've fucked up? How?
I guess I'm going to get excoriated now. Sorry.