I really dont see what the issue is with regards to using it on a desktop. Ive installed it on a Dell Latitude ST tablet, and for that the metro interface and apps are fine, but on a laptop, Ive removed all the metro apps from the 'start' menu, pinned server manager, run, and cmd to the taskbar, and have a few icons on the desktop.
Ive been using it as my main laptop now for 2 days at work and there really is minimal difference in useability. Obviously using it in Desktop mode, but I have actually had 0 reason to even go into metro mode.
For those who launch their apps with windows+R, which is what i do mostly, this still works.
There are only minimal additions that make it better than windows 7, apart from the ribbon in explorer (enabling hidded files and file extensions was 2 clicks, rather than drilling down through tools, folder options, etc etc you just click view, and theres a tick box for hidden files), and a few other things like task manager and file transfer windows etc, I really dont see the big deal a lot of you are making.
Im not sure if Im using it the wrong way, but to me it seems obvious the metro interface and the metro apps are for a tablet, and desktop mode with normal programs are for the desktop mode. EG, windows+r, mstsc, to run remote desktop is exactly the same on this as it was in win7. Now on the tablet i use the remote desktop app, and its a nice easy touch interface to connect through to the servers.
Im gonna be using this for the forseeable future on my laptop. Just need to find a way to get it to load straight to the desktop mode rather than the metro interface, anyone know if thats an option?
Been so busy with Moodle I've only just seen this!
Just looking at that Ars Technica article... right now I've got a nice and stylish Windows 7 desktop, high bit colour icons and for an "upgrade" I get this insult on the eyes... 2 different primary colours is bad enough but >6 is painful to look at... really hope there will be a way to skin that to remove the colour glare.
Downloading at the moment so can't yet say what the UI experience is like but it doesn't look radically different to what I've seen before... is it fair to say it still feels disjointed on a desktop but good on a tablet?