Thoughts from a MS fanboy: Metro Should Not be Enabled by Default on Non-Touch devices, Period!
I've been beta testing Windows 8 for the last months, its great, awesome, the best release of Windows ever! Well... for the most part.
While Windows 8 as an OS does a remarkable job squeezing the most out of our systems and even helping keeping them relevant for a couple more years and also brings some very cool features to our user experiences (charms, live tiles, universal sharing, etc...) there is a fact that just can't be denied... Metro does not work as well on a desktop with mouse and keyboard and Microsoft says.
I don't think Microsoft is unaware of that after all they have decades of feedback and experience on the matter, they invented the desktop experience 1.3 billion people know and love.
The removal of the start button on desktop is a catastrophic move. While it is true that you can go to the search charm and get a list of your installed software, or to the start screen and type the name of the software or bring the all apps option with a right click, the inherent problem is that all of these mechanisms, while probably having the same steps count, takes you away of the desktop experience.
For me this is a very tangible problem, while the Start menu gave you something like a centralized command center, the removal of it creates the sense of clutter and disorder, it really makes the desktop experience feel disjointed and while people can learn and just deal with it, this is a big step towards choosing form over function, something that may be passable on a touch screen device made for media consumption but its just unacceptable on a type of experience that's meant for content creation and productivity.
I´m afraid windows 8 will be the next Vista. I say this because while Vista had a very bad start due to reliability issues (Windows 8 its fortunately cured on that regard), it was bad press and negative media what made Vista the disaster it turned into, bad press is what is characterizing the birth of this new OS. It seems Microsoft did not learn anything from the Mohave Experiment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsStHxtVr_w
I think Microsoft should really stop its egoistic attitude, be humble, listen to what people is saying and change strategies accordingly. The feeling I have towards this is that Microsoft wants us to leave the desktop so badly and promote its software/storage as a service cash-cow that they are willing to throw metro down our throats without any regards for customer experience, relaying on the hope that users do not really have better choices when it comes to desktop OSes and they are still a monopoly. But there are new trends and people is shifting towards them.
Sadly OEMs are to lose the biggest if Windows 8 ends up been a flop, not only because of reduced sales but also because of technical support cost. I was a phone agent for a big computer company when Vista was released and I still remember explosion of calls and complains that ultimately lead to downgrade programs. I hope Microsoft does not force them into Windows 8 on non capable hardware.
The solution for me is simple... Desktop with Start Button (metrofied if you will) by default on Windows 8 Pro for desktop and laptops, Start Screen for Windows RT or Pro tablets. These at least while there are available input devices that can help improve the Windows 8 experience on desktops and laptops.
Looking for "hate Windows 8" and "love Windows 8" in google gives you a ratio of 2:1 wining hate, also trying to find positive reviews of Windows 8 on desktops (Other than the famous "Why I love Windows 8 from a Mac user" is much harder, if that tells something. Not statistically correct methods by any mean but I think the current overall sentiment on Windows 8 its very palpable really.