Well... I'd probably write a blog about those observations rather than post them here in the forums.
Speed, all over the place. Serious improvements.
Easier to navigate... *once you understand*. Easier to find.
Mobile OS features presented in a useful way that enhances value and experience.
Integration of information throughout the Modern UI. That whole Windows Metro concept from Windows Phone 7 where the information is provided proactively through live tiles that you can dig down into - putting a focus on content instead of app delivery - is solidly implemented in Windows 8.
Most people didn't or don't get that concept about Windows Phone 7. I didn't get it when I reviewed the WP7, and actually talked to MS WP team members who tried to explain it to me. I never quite got it with WP7. With Windows 8, the people tile in particular, brings it home.
All of it is a serious improvement over the Windows 7 model. But part of the reason I get it is because I've been using mobile devices so much for the last few years. You've resisted *that* too. I've leveraged social media heavily. You've resisted that.
But almost everyone else in the world has *embraced* all of those things. Ask Apple, Google, Twitter and Facebook.
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