What is the point of spending on a newer operating system that only removes features from its predecessors, and installing third party software to gain partial functions of those features back? I mean yeah, I know this is how they make money and all that - but what's wrong with taking what already works, and improving and adding features to that - instead of trying to re-create the whole concept (very badly too, might I add) every single time!
Windows 8 is a desktop crippling OS full of compromises - don't fall for it. And so is every Microsoft product shipping today. You pay to upgrade for new features in exchange for the older features.
Just to get mobile “Apps”, you get a crippled desktop. Why Microsoft does this in every release after XP is really aggravating and sad.