Lets start with the Windows Key .. where's shutdown / restart and RUN in your glorified Metro? Not a Win+Key combo.. I mean the simple *Windows* key launching a menu system that had nearly *EVERY* option from *one* key. Control Panel? Printers & Devices? ... etc.
Not there.. now things like Run and Shutdown are moved to a completely different menu bar (if you want to call "Charms" that, since that is the function). Taken away is the *Start* button/screen that we've had since win95 .. which was a window onto everything the pc *could* be asked to do ... and now replace with the Start Screen which gives you *ONLY* applications, or things you manually put there.
Even in the bastardized Gnome3 / Unity / whatever you want to call it .. they at least have a "start" menu system that gives you, *by default*, all the same Panel Groups .. Applications, Office, Internet, System, etc.... that you had with the older Panel styled menu system.
You wanted to bring *nix in to the mix.. be careful what you wish for.
Shutdown? Sure.. it could be argued that you "dont have to" but then lets look at a standard laptop ... again without a touch screen .. the very first thing *I* do ... is to STOP the pc from taking actions when I close the lid. I pick up my laptop to relocate within the house, or when I'm going from room to room at the office, I *DONT* need it sleeping or some other BS which adds delay to simply opening the lid.. or when someone walks by and I don't want my screen seen .. again.. close the lid.. I'm sure these can be disabled in 8 too.. but then when you intend to pack your laptop away when you are taking it with you.. again.. Shutdown isn't as easy as it was.
We can do this all day long.. the simple fact .. as above.. Microsoft didn't even give users the choice .. *AND* when it was proven users did things to get AROUND microsoft's stupidity .. microsoft DIRECTLY took action to disable the ability to "start to the desktop" .. yes again.. we can go round and round about adding YET ANOTHER app to the pc to make it do things as we've already been learning to do them... and get us to the desktop when we start.. but we wouldn't HAVE TO do these things and make these huge changes to how *WE* do our work on these devices .. with windows 8 had microsoft given us the choice.
And don't misconstrue this to be anti windows 8 ... because I think some of their stuff makes perfect sense *ON A TABLET* ... EVEN THERE however... when a coworker showed me his new toy .. it wasn't connecting to the internet.. so the first thing I did? Start a Command Prompt to check for IP's, try to ping, etc.. and again.. the difference from Metro to Desktop is still the same analogy ... Metro is the lipstick on the pig .. cute for some, some functionality if you're in metro apps ... but for the real world ... complete and utter garbage ..
Even in your desktop ... from a laptop, or tablet like that microsoft surface device.. the moment you attach that keyboard .. it should ask if you want to switch to a "desktop mode" which would include a 'previously standardized windows start menu and bar' so that you can operate in the non-touch screen world more easily.. *THAT* would have been another good choice microsoft could have made .. but I'm sure some 3rd party will come along and make an app for that. Far be it from microsoft to include a basic formatting feature like that.
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