Originally Posted by PsYcHZ
People only hate it because they can't think for themselves and form their own opinions.
An opinion is the outcome of some thought process - personal or someone else's.
1. Win 8 hints at a new direction MS aims at: an ecosystem where MS hardware (phone, XBOX, tablets) and software (OS, Office, Skype) are integrated; this would give MS too much control over one's privacy, devices, and wallet. There are options to use other software and hardware, and I presume the geekiest users will eventually opt out of MS trap for good, PC gaming (expensive already) included.
2. Enterprise users will not switch to Win 8 - costs, insecurity (via Skywhatever, Office 365, webmail Outlook). Hence, the home users that also run Win 7 at work would be more comfortable using the same at home. Moreover, they will not be tied to MS tablets, phones having thus more choices performance and price wise - unlike Apple, let's say, consumers.
3. Win 8 UI is horrible for people with better hardware; why in the world would one switch from Aero to those 8-bit (whatever bit, they look like 8 anyways
) color touchscreen tiles. OS boot speed difference is modest on beefier hardware, also.
I have Win 7, tried Win 8 tweaks for Aero and so forth but it ended up in a drawer (on the hard drive); I use Win 7 only for gaming, Steam. IE and whatever LiveMail are uninstalled, Firefox, Chrome for occasional file downloads, some Office or Adobe stuff, storage, music. Otherwise, it's Fedora for Internet, email, Internet radio on a 1920x1200 laptop... and I type this on a Macbook (good for travel).