Except you can go to the desktop and choose to never leave it, and then it's basically windows 7 with improvements, some quite major ones like the included hyper-v virtualization. Yes, it does require changing the way you do things a bit, but if you bother to learn instead of just posting snide remarks, you'd quickly figure out that you can do everything you can do in windows 7 faster and easier in windows 8, despite metro. Newer desktops and laptops will also ship with keyboards/mice more suited towards the new OS (touchable peripherals with charms and share keys, etc) making certain tasks less awkward, particularly accessing the charms bar on the right side of the screen. I have Windows 8 installed on my desktop and laptop, neither of which are touch-enabled. This is how I use it: 1) When I turn on the PC, the Start screen shows me a quick overview of mail, news, calendar appointments, weather, markets, etc. I can see it all at a glance. 2) Then I go to check email, if it's needed, or look at a more detailed forecast, depending on what I saw on the home screen, or look at stocks depending on ticker.. You get the idea. 3) I then spend the rest of day in the desktop, rarely looking at the start screen. The apps I use frequently are pinned. For everything else, I hit start and type, which is no different than in windows 7 except that the search runs faster. I'm doing this on a several years old Lenovo x200. It performs better than windows 7 did. There are rough edged in the metro side, no doubt about it, but the desktop side is very refined and better for power users than windows 7 was, with much faster access to certain things that are frequently used by such people. The metro side is very much version 1.0 software. The included apps need work, but MS has all but promised to iterate quickly.