Lias:defnz: I think there should be two streams of Windows 8, or at least the ability to revert back to classic.
One for tablets/touch which is what metro is clearly designed for and another for corporate/people who want a minimalist desktop with a simple start menu and task bar
Make a kick arse Ipad killing OS for phone/tablet by all means, but don't make the mistake of thinking that PC users want that same OS.
Very much agreed, But I have the sneaking suspicion that Microsoft have known for a while now that it would be unlikely there would be mass adoption of W8 in no matter what condition it came out in.
Perhaps due to the failures they have had in creating separate and different versions of windows previously (Think XP MCE) they decided to incorporate something that should have been a completely different version of the OS.
If the Metro integration stays the same in RTM I would be inclined to see it as Microsoft sacrificing Windows 8 because it was already doomed to fail after the already stable and quickly adopted Windows 7, Windows 8 is one for the tablet users and the technologically "Simple Folk" but without the ability to disable Metro at will have a lot of difficulty to get mass adoption by anyone wanting to control their OS.
Simple answer to Microsoft is to allow a Classic feature, But if Microsoft do so remains to be seen, For now however I do not own a tablet and nor do I intend to buy one running windows so it looks like I will be staying with Windows 7 well into the distant future for the same reason I favor Firefox over Chrome.