networkn: Ok heres a good example of what is garbage about Windows 8.
Customer turns up today with a Windows 8 computer. He can't make skype work. Says there is an update but won't install it, so I go to skypes website to download the new installer, says show in windows store is the only option. Click that and it asks me to login to my Microsoft account. Is it now a mandatory requirement to have a MS Account to use Skype on Windows 8 ?
ugh, so I decided I'd sign him up for a MS Account (Which he doesn't want nor otherwise need) and when I go to the signup page, it throws an error and says it's down for a while!
If you are providing IT support then you really need to stay up to date with different OS's and how they work. Windows 8 is here to stay. Metro UI is the new start screen and will replace the desktop slowly over the coming years.
There is desktop apps and then there is Windows store apps. Windows store apps need a new or existing Microsoft/Xbox/Hotmail/Windows Live ID account to download apps from Windows store or do the updates, otherwise how else would they know whose account to charge the credit card to, or whose account to keep a history of installed/downloaded apps on? This is NO DIFFERENT from the way iOS or Android ecosystem works. You need a Google or Apple ID as well to download apps from the store and update them, don't you?
If I were you, I would have shown him the benefits of creating/logging in with a MS account into his Windows 8 machine so his personal settings roam with him into whichever Windows 8 machine around the world he logs into.