For what it's worth, I dont like windows 8, however I come from a power user background, I might be engineering in solidworks, writing code for a micro controller, designing a pcb, or all of the above.... I work on multiple monitors, four to be exact, and all of them in use at the same time while I am designing, I will have two data sheets open side by side on one monitor, writing code on another, file browsers and device programmers on another.
Windows 8, tries to be a tablet/pad operating system for casual surfers/bloggers/emailers/ news readers.... There really isn't any power for the people who make those apps or for the people who design the hardware they run on....
Now I am an avid windows user on the desktop, and I hate fan boys of windows and Linux, don't get me wrong, every single server I own is runing Linux. I won't build a windows server, as I won't build a Linux desktop, however, with the advent of win8, I may make the switch to Linux on my desktop so I can actualy get some work done.
If win8 stays this way, some software vendors a going to be unhappy, case in point, two of the cad/cam packages I use, cost over $20,000 combined, I will not upgrade until they release a Linux version.
At this point in time, win8 is a thumbs down for me, I hope this will change, we shall see, please microsoft, don't make me switch away from windows in the desktop.