You are talking about a different type of operating system though. With my job, emphasis of the desktop WILL NEVER CHANGE. Why does a server admin need the new UI by default? Why isnt there an option to boot directly to the desktop in at least the server version?
First, never say never. I'm sure IT folk said the same thing when the Mainframe/Terminal disappeared, and the GUI killed the CLI. Not to mention, business laughed at the mouse when it first appeared too, now look. They're laughing at touch now, but I can guarantee you, it'll start to work its way into businesses soon enough.
When a new OS is said to take advantage of new technologies, I expect it to work better with useful technologies for EVERYONE. Multithreading and multicore, SSD trim support, and others (from Windows XP to Windows 7 for example). Support for touch does not benefit me. I have no intention of ever getting touch interface on my desktops or laptops.
Last time I checked, it is working for everyone. It's not fair to those who want
to use touch or any other of the new I/O tech on the desktop to be forced to use an outdated UI paradigm. The role of the PC is advancing, but being hindered by the OS. It's time for the OS to advance too.
If you don't want touch, the desktop is still there, so there are no issues here.
I am sorry I do not blindly accept everything Microsoft ever does. With my job, keyboard and mouse will ALWAYS be the best option.
Again, never say never.
Why is it so hard to have a freaking option on install/first boot? You win. I win. If I am in the new metro interface, I should NOT see aero. If I am on the desktop, I should NOT see metro. Right now is it like somebody with multiple personalities.
Few things here, you start adding in UI options, and support goes straight to Hell. You're running Windows 8, ok, now are you running in classic mode, or are you running in the new mode? Plus, I can guarantee Windows 8 is just the start. Windows 9, will be more Modern, less classic. Switching over helps clean the OS of legacy code that just shouldn't be there anymore.
I have no need and gain no benefits of the start screen. It is irritating to me, and I am not the type of person to sit there for hours staring at the "live tiles". They have no benefits. So you tell me to delete all the metro apps and install third party apps to regain the functionality I use on a daily basis in Windows 7. No thanks, I would rather use Windows 7 without clogging up my installs with third party stuff.
Than stick to Windows 7. No, seriously. But just be aware that Modern isn't going away. You can wish it all you want, but there are huge benefits to it, even on the desktop, and live tiles are one. You might not think they are beneficial, but to me they are. On my screen, I have my calendar, social updates, and mail updates all at a glance, They update without me having to waste system resources and time opening up each app or have it running in the background. I can get weather alerts, again without having to open the app.