Yep, Windows 9 takes over where the previous iteration left off and takes computing into the next generation. While many will not agree, and let's leave the Merto UI out of it, that can be put aside to run Windows normally, Windows 8 was a step in the right direction. It cut a lot of chaff and streamlined Windows to run faster and more efficiently, while making a smaller footprint and using less disc space than Win 7 and certainly Vista.
Many didn't like Vista, but it was the necessary step to Windows 7 and was the beginning of a new era that replaced stale old XP. Yes, XP was loved by many, and many clung onto it until their fingernails bled, but it was limited and had no place else to go. Vista was necessary to create a new kernel going forward and expand upon functionality.
For mine, Vista and Windows 8 are great OSes and they serve my needs, but then I've always been one to embrace new technology and run with it, even if that means enduring a few hiccups along the way. While many still find reason to whine about Windows 8, I find it to be fast, slick and completely useable because I use it like a desktop OS and do not let little quirks with Metro bother me.
Frankly, I do not understand all the whining about Metro when it can be completely bypassed to reveal a fully functional desktop that's faster than any before it. Oh, that's right, some people aren't happy unless they're bitching about something, and why not bitch about something from Microsoft? After all, it has become somewhat of a sport, and why not become a team player, it beats playing with yourself. Right?
Hopefully Windows 9 will shut the whinger up and we can have sensible OS discussions, but I somehow doubt it. Sadly, there are some serial whingers who will not see how much better Win 9 is over previous OSes, and they'll continue whining about it until Windows 10 gives them a new outlet.
Oh, and before anyone ups and thinks this is directed at them.... if the shoe fits....
Seriously, Windows 9 is going to be awesome.