I like it. Once I got the registry hack to hide tray items, skip lock screen at startup, set CCleaner to run every day, made shut down and restart buttons, dissociated the file types from metro apps, learned how to access boot options, and got the "CHICKEN" out of safe mode, it turned out to be a pretty fast and efficient platform. Now if they just remove the absurd and dangerous "recommendation" to add the desktop.ini to DVD-RW's, I could say that I'm completely on board.
edit: I just look at the metro as a start menu that comes up when you start. It's really just a simplified desktop. My only qualm with it is that you can't categorize the groupings. now metro APPS, on the other hand, suck something unmentionable, first and foremost because they can continue running without your knowledge if you don't check your hotcorner, which takes me back to my childhood memories of freezing my grampa's computer by not exiting programs properly in windows 3.1. After that consideration, most of them are essentially marketing tools that should probably be avoided by people who don't understand the consequences of sharing their consumer habits.
Ok so you all know that you can just remove all the stupid junkmail-looking apps with 2 clicks each, right? Ok so there's still some problems to iron out, like how every program that was made before metro treats metro like a start menu, and this sometimes leads to a giant pile of shortcuts getting plastered all over it.
But you know what? It's windows. Having to clean house and do your own customization is the one feature every single windows user EVER has adopted, from day 1. Would you rather have it simple and easy and do all that kind of stuff for you? Go get a Mac then.
last edit: This was probably covered before, and I don't know if this is how previous versions worked, but shut-down and restart are actually different command line options in a program that shuts down the system. Therefore, you can create shortcuts in the start menu (metro), taskbar, and desktop so all you have to do is one click (or two) and it's done.
Ok so I'm blogging on overclock.net. Anyway, it all boils down to progress. You can't expect software to remain the same forever. You just can't. It's like trying to say that science is complete. It's just not a possibility. So you can sit there and fear change, or you can get a jump on it so that you'll be better prepared than the people who stayed stuck on something. This goes for everything, not just windows versions. Even the whole concept of a desktop computer itself is beginning to look functional, yet out-dated, something like gas lighting. It's comfortable and has it's own ambiance, but on the whole there's something around the corner every day that can do the things it does better.
Edited by un-midas touch - 10/20/12 at 5:11pm