I am computer programmer by my profession, though i do not work anymore in this field. However, i would classify myself as an advance computer user for sure. It happens also that i like new Win8. I always strove to use mouse as little as possible, and have been using various software to have everything available though keyboard (not to mention countless programs replacing standard MS operations). I do not even use icons on desktop. As such, i love Win8' speed, and also i find it very unjust to compare it to WinME and vista, which both were simply either not working or working terribly slow. Win8 is stable, so it is a different story. What i have thought so far, is that it is middle-use users who would not like Win8 - due to the fact, that they are used to traditional interface (and did not yet move past behind it). Power users, as i humbly qualify myself, would not care much about metro, which is easy to live without, but would appreciate greatly speed and performance of a system.
I'll be the first to suggest the Kernel [of 8] may be fine and dandy.....and even an advance on 7, but the issue still remains that MOST users of an OS do so by 'whatever' GUI is provided for it.
Wincustomize.com is ALL/PURELY/SIMPLY about modifying [improving] on the MS GUI so what qualifies whether an OS is rubbish or not tends to revolve around its GUI and what can be done with it.
It's totally meaningless [here on this site] whether or not some quaint shortcuts and/or command-line interface can compensate for a shell's shortcomings....simply because it is the latter that defines an OS's success/potential on a site specifically devoted to its CUSTOMIZING.
Outside of the egos and chest-beating of pro and con Win 8 users the fact remains more people are NOW turning to third party alterations to the default GUI in an attempt to FIX the mess MS has provided its customers.
Yes, texting-while-they-drive, me-generation children may want cross-product GUI conformity because they cannot learn more than one interface, but why should PC users be the ones to lose out? Is it really a last-ditch grab at the phone/pad market to lock NEW CUSTOMERS into only one system so as to monopolize on their IT understanding/experience?