The title is not misleading in any way. Aero is fully enabled and thriving in Windows 8 RTM. In fact, Aero is the ONLY theme available. Unlike in Windows Vista and 7, YOU CANNOT EVEN TURN OFF AERO in Windows 8. In this thread, I am going to prove it to you.
The screenshots are of the Release Preview. However, I disabled transparency to mimic, as closely as I could. to the final UI of Windows 8 RTM. Every feature you see here works flawlessly in RTM.
The only thing gone in Windows 8 RTM is transparency
in window boarders. Everything else about Aero is present in Windows 8 RTM
Aero Animation (Closing Window)
Aero Annimation (Minimize Window)
Taskbar Aero Peek
The fullscreen magnification requires
Aero; and it works fine in Windows 8 because Windows 8 has Aero.
Aero Snap (with Glass effect)
Again, these screenshots are done in the Release Preview with transparency off. But they are exactly the same in RTM
The Aero branding
is gone, but the actual features are not
Only the glass effects are gone. Everything else exists
The visuals are still GPU accelerated
The window drop shadow is still present in RTM
but is very subtle. If you look closely in the following screenshot and you will see it.
Unlike Windows 7 or Vista, you cannot turn off Aero in Windows 8.
Final Remark: STOP CRYING ABOUT "NO AERO IN WINDOWS 8".