Originally Posted by olson
I have zero interest in Windows 8 personally. The idea of the "Metro" interface and a merging of desktop and tablet/phone platforms is a complete turn off. The principal of making the desktop interface into an application within "Metro" says a lot about where Windows is headed and who the intended audience is. Hopefully Windows 7 is the last version of Windows I'll ever need to purchase, especially with Steam coming to Linux. The only other thing I use Windows for is Photoshop which I'm doing less and less of these days as the raw photo processing tools in Linux improve every day.
The personal bias aside I'd stick with Windows 7 for a while (probably a year or so) because that's what current computer graphics programs are supported on. For example if you call up Autodesk or Adobe with issues they'll tell you tough luck if you're running Windows 8, at least until they release newer versions tested on Windows 8.
This is very close to my personal feelings, bias, and observations too.
I have no prejudice against MS, and I actually don't mind win7, wish 8 well, but it's not what I want.
I'm cool with that though, the unhealthy days of windows or die are gone; alternatives are now available, and cross platform and even platform agnostic models are not only possible, but also viable.
@ChukChuk: Actually, no, the best way to think of the desktop is as a metro application, because that is what it is.
The desktop is now a camouflaged explorer with a blackboxed title and a hidden or embedded manifest (through means probably accessible to MS only), but it's ultimately an app, and metro is the environment.
It surely isn't an expanded start button, that's how you think of it, but it's not how it works or is presented.