If the general consumer loves it then why did it fail at retail?
With a confirmed adoption rate that is far behind Vista, windows 8 has completely/utterly failed.
Windows 8 is an excellent OS, but the general consumer doesn't even know it exists. People are not buying computers because everyone has one (and there's no need to replace them, as they are still fast and reliable for current tasks). What people are buying is tablets, new form factors (Sadly win8 tablets are quite expensive). Also, people do not do upgrades. Upgrades have never been an important business for Microsoft, it's all about OEM sales.
I think the transition between desktop and Start screen could be less jarring if the Start screen would inherit the desktop background and either blur it, desaturate it, or apply a tint to improve contrast for any given background color.
That sounds nice, something like OS X's Launchpad. Although I don't think live tiles would look great on a composite background like icons do.
So how long have you worked for Microsoft?
Haha, I wish I were...
So, your f11 keys have seen very little use in the past....
I know, but it's not the same. Metro IE removes absolutely all clutter from the webpage, even the scrollbars (when you stop moving your mouse for a while). Besides, it is insanely fast.