[citation][nom]CaedenV[/nom]While I understand some of the hate towards the new UI, I really don't get most of it. Yes it is different, and seemingly unnecessarily so on some aspects, but it is hardly out-and-out bad, and the old start menu was hardly the best thing ever.For myself I upgraded because I wanted to move from win7 home to pro, and it is heck of a lot cheaper to upgrade for $40 than it would be to buy a whole new COA for win7Pro. For day to day use I rarely ever see the Start menu as I am in desktop most of the time, and when you go to sleep from desktop (there is a sleep key on my keyboard) then when you wake (after inserting the password) then it goes straight to desktop. No big deal. then when it comes to searching I love the new search feature; Winkey and start typing, just like win7, but unlike win7 it gives you search results from many aspects of your computer, and even searches within programs and documents if the programs are set up to support it, which I find to be really handy. Then there is the cloud support, which is not perfect, but a pretty good first attempt. And some of the apps are finally getting decent (particularly liking taptiles, solitare, and iHeart Radio), but there is a lot of room to grow on it. Then come the admin features, which are AWESOME! I love the new task manager, and the multi screen support, and the backup/storage spaces options. And it has restore features that actually work, so you don't have to go digging through and finding your disc every time there is a problem. And built in VHD and VCD is so much nicer than having to rely on 3rd party apps to do it. For all of that I gladly give up on the traditional start menu for the sake of the new interface. It takes very little away, while adding a lot more, and from a business standpoint it makes a lot of sense having a common UI across all MS devices. And if they do what I think they will do with the NextBox then it will really tie in very well, and bring a little revival to the PC gaming industry while closing the gap between consoles and PC. And at the end of the day, when Kinnect and leapmotion style devices become more popular, then the new UI will really make sense for the desktop. Lastly, if you actually organize the start menu to the way you want it, it is actually relatively functional in its own right. I like that with the press of the winkey that I get the basics of the weather, news, calendar, email, etc right there in front of me. Admittedly I do not tend to use the metro apps much, but I like the notification aspect of it, and I think they are really on to something with it.Not judging anyone who wants to stay with win7 as it is completely understandable, but to say that ALL they changed in win8 was the UI is a little short sighted. A lot of that functionality was capable in win7 via 3rd party apps, but win8 integrates them in much nicer, without all the fuss of managing 100 little mods.[/citation]
CaedenV, I'm with you. I know how to rearrange the tiles on the Metro UI, and I know how to set default programs for specific file types. There are tons of things underneath the hood that make it great. And like you, I simply don't understand how biased some of these people can be against it. It's like they wear their Windows 8 hate as a badge, just like their Apple hate. I really do think it is something like fanboyism, the way they disregard reason in favor of popular belief shared with like-minded people. But in this case, I think it is fanboyism against a product instead of for it.
I enjoyed your post, and I don't think you're crazy, haha.