I am a M$ user that also supports Linux via CentOS.
I have yet to comprehend what all the fuss is about with Windows 8. It works great!! The metro interface is nothing more than a fancy start menu, works pretty much the same as it used to just full screen and there are some apps that can run inside of it. I have rolled out test machines to all kinds of users varying in age and demographics and they love it. Some of the most technically challenged users grasped it easily, likes it better than the start menu because they dont have to look for anything, and the speed of 8 on their older hardware made it seem as if I upgraded their machines.
I keep seeing tons of outlandish claims from people that are supposed to be "Techs", and I use that term loosely, that have never even used the OS. I've read blog posts about people hating 8 because it doesn't multi task and so they can only have one window with word or chrome open. The desktop functions the exact same as it always has, just faster!
Not to mention that Linux and Mac in their current states are unable to effectively host large user environments like AD can. They think they can but that little engine isnt pulling up the hill anytime soon.
And the crap from Steam and Blizzard is just ridiculous. Steam is only mad because it is wanting to offer productivity software now, not just games, and they lost all the EA content because of Orion. The people that use Steam for games will continue to use Steam for games because the app store wont have the same integration that Steam has. The app store is going to be nothing more than casual games like Angry Birds, not saying that they wont have the next Call of Duty available for purchase but core gamers are not their primary target.
I think hating MS is just a cool trend, everyone hated Vista and it wasnt really that bad of an OS. A little hard on older machines but after the first service pack, and especially after the second it runs almost as well as 7.
Ubuntu released Unity which is horrible, nothing more than a bastardized hybrid of the OSX launcher and windows 7 taskbar, and everyone is talking about how great it is. MS actually releases something new and innovative that is going to unify the platforms and are racked over the coals for it.
And if you run Windows XP still and refuse to upgrade I severely hope youre not paid to be an IT person. Ill spare everyone the whole security and performance argument.
Sorry for going on a rant but after reading most of these comments and comments from other articles I had to let it out.
Keep Up with TechRepublic