It seems Microsoft is heading in directions many will not want to follow. While early news regarding Win 8 seemed encouraging, the recent preview was disappointing and rather ugly, according to most.
I'm usually queuing up for the 1st public beta of a new OS, but in the case of Win 8 I'm not at all enthused. Unless MS has a major rethink about making Metro the default UI I'm unlikely to want to purchase their new offering... because having to hack the registry to enable a regular desktop is not my idea of a good start to a new [OS] relationship.
As for MS Gadgets, well I never use them, but this ruthless abandonment makes me somewhat nervous as to what else MS might decide it will no longer support. While XP is dated, over the hill and should die a natural death anyhow, Win 7 is relatively new and I would hate to be forced into Win 8 because MS has decided cancel support for previous versions to focus on supporting Win 8.
I thought is was good that MS had a web page for people to make suggestions during the development of Win 7... and that MS actually listened and implemented a number of feature suggestions. It seems, though, with Win 8, MS has reverted back to telling us what we want/need... and that is a step in the wrong direction if it wishes to claw back reputation and market share from Apple.
While yuppies, the now generation and 'app junkies' may be early adopters of this Metro train wreck, the majority will avoid it like the plague and it'll be an epic fail.