It's not about the OS, it's about the paradigm shift. W8, if you take away the Modern UI is just Win7 cleaned up a bit with and with some minor extra facilities build in.
Nothing major there. Easy to live with. You don't need a stardock application to get rid of the hideous interface, the net abounds with 'solutions'.
The big difference is the going for the Apple tablet route on the pc. A proprietary system where you can install only applications via a tightly controlled 'store'.
Why is that so hard to understand/see?
Step 1: Metro Modern UI which forces the applet system on your desktop.
Step 2: Applets only installable via MS store. Applications still via normal channels.
Step 3: Prohibit 'unknown' installation channels for applications. Add regular applications to MS Store.
Step 4: Start price hiking.
Once in the near future: Scrap Win32 support completely.
You don't need to be a visionary to understand the game plan. MS has no choice, since it is quickly losing their fixed revenue streams which kept their profit margins so absurdly high and shareholders so deliriously happy.