Personally I think this thread (and, honestly, most 8 threads on any forum are) is overly hostile on either side of the argument.
Not me! I'm not being hostile. While I like win 8 and think it is a great OS, I'm mostly having a lend [stirring the pot, so to speak] of those who don't like it... but in a fun kind of way, though Essentially it's everyone's personal preference as to which OSes they use or like and I really don't care if Win 8 isn't one of them.
I use Win 8 because it does everything Win 7 did and more, and while it may be different in some ways, I do not find it difficult to navigate, etc. Now Brad has stated that he has had issues with certain tasks taking more steps to complete them, and in some case I concede that he may have a point, but for me an extra couple of mouse clicks are not monumental. They are but fleeting moments in time and my progress/productivity are not seriously hampered in any way. However, that does not mean to say a person in a work environment would be so accommodating, as the extra clicks accumulate over a working day/working week.
Again, it's a case of each to his own... and Win 8 is my choice.
if you dont have touch, you just won't get it
I don't have touch and I find Win 8 easy to navigate with a mouse and keyboard. In fact, I prefer it that way for the desktop. Reaching out to my monitor hour after hour to perform tasks would cause more problems than it would resolve, so no, 'touch' in that situation is not an option. However, it would be excellent on a tablet and/or laptop that is closer to the body and easier to reach.... perhaps even on the desktop situation I'm setting up upstairs, where the desk is lower and the user would be reaching down more than straight out,