will blend "desktop and modern computing experiences"
Will it blend? Ha Ha, maybe
We don't want a "modern computing experience" we want a desktop computing experience. We don't like "not-metro", and all the app crap that comes with it. Stop trying to be Apple. I don't what a 3" phone interface on my computer (and I'm not much interested in that phone for that mater).
"Modern" is not a name, it's a description that doesn't fit. It beats "the new iPad" on the stupid scale for a product name.
Give us an option to turn it off (all of it, not another lame pretend fix), if it's so great no one will turn it off right?
Maybe your partners can hit you with a clue-by-four, your not listing to us despite what you say.
Some of the stuff they add in 8.1 might be of use some day, but adding a start button to replace one of the invisible spots and pretending that's all everyone wanted is just pissing people off.