^ It does have bad press. Anyone who denies that is crazy. I have several friends that has either used it at home or at work, and not one of them likes it. In fact, it's completely the opposite. They all hate it and they tell all their friends how awful it is. Word gets around.
Yes - it has bad press. However, the issue isn't the bad press, but whether the bad press (be it of Windows 8, or Steve Ballmer, or even Microsoft as a whole) is justified.
A little tidbit from yesterday's monstrous and wide-ranging stock selloff - out of the entire five hundred companies in the Standard and Poor's Major Corporation Index (known as the S&P 500 all over the planet) just two of the five hundred gained over the previous day's close - Microsoft and Alcoa. Going merely by the numbers, Windows 8, or even Surface, can't be but so much of a problem. (While Google isn't part of the S&P, Apple is - and Apple followed the herd; the direction opposite of Microsoft.) Unlike Alcoa (aluminum is a :"conflict metal" - in the sense that it has uses in warfighting), how would Microsoft be affected by the conflict in Syria, either directly or indirectly?
Another part of the bad press is the plethora of utilities that put back the semblance of a Start menu - that has been used by critics to bash Microsoft. However, there are users of Windows 8 that don't use ANY of these third-party utilities - and they don''t have touch support on their PCs, either. I get the Start menu being excised causing consternation - after all, it's been around seventeen years. Still, applications from the Start menu era are still usable - in their intended manner - despite Windows 8's lack of Start menu. I have asked the Start menu's defenders to find so much as a SINGLE application - from Microsoft OR a third-party - that utterly relies on the Start menu, and is thus incompatible with Windows 8 or 8.1. So far, I've had no data, evidence, or anything else from the bashers and critics. I'm not saying that the issue itself is false; I did predict the issue. However, because applications from the Start menu era work just fine without it, it does in fact, prove that they are not dependent on it. And if the applications - desktop applications, mind - aren't dependent on it, and Windows as an OS isn't dependent on it, that means that any dependence is user-specific. Didn't say it (the user dependence) was either good OR bad - merely that it was there. However, pointing that out got ME in for a lot of attacks - as though I had pointed out a flaw in them.