Windows 8 is an abomination. My impressions from February: Windows 8 really is the biggest bunch of suck that ever sucked. Smartscreen is easily more obtrusive and annoying than UAC could have ever aspired to be. Welcome to Vista 2012. The ribbon was that terrible 'feature' they shoehorned into Office to the chagrin of all users, so naturally they would want to universalize it by extending it to every other program including Explorer. Because the dip in productivity won't seem so bad once it affects every other aspect of the OS. Worst of all, Metro feels like a tacked-on UI mod like one would install from Stardock, then uninstall an hour later after realizing it doesn't actually improve anything and mostly gets in the way. It exists to add one more step to every function, as if somebody broke into your car and added a new pedal that had to be pressed before blinkers could be toggled; brakes could be applied; radio stations could be changed; wipers could be activated; etc. This huge revolution in the OS turns out to be a screen that is constantly distracting from the classic desktop where all the _real work_ should be done. Even the Control Panel is now a parody of itself, requiring an extra step before moving into the real Control Panel (i.e. the same one that has been present since 1995). But the insult added to injury is in the removal of the start menu, replaced with a stripped+gimped version, dumbed down for Microsoft's current cartoonish characterization of their own userbase as a bunch of technologically challenged simpletons who fear having their things readily accessible. I wish I were lying in pointing out that they could not even be bothered to display an icon for this: they have dedicated at least an inch+1/2 of vertical screen estate to the word "Start" that doesn't actually do anything, and the menu popping up merely by hovering the cursor somewhere around the bottom corner until something happens. I couldn't make this up if I tried. I spent at least five minutes trying to figure out how to restart/shut down the system before I had to shamefully Google for the answer: it's under "Settings". You must click settings to pop up a sidebar which contains the power button. Did any part of that sentence make sense to anyone outside of Microsoft's development?