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I'll add some constructive criticism re: W8.
1) MS has strategically decided that it's in everybody's best interest to have a common interface across all devices (desktops, laptops, tablets, smart phones). This is incorrect and a mistake. The interface needs to be tailored to the the device. Various devices are used differently. As Apple said, it's the toaster and the fridge.
2) Based on strategy decision #1, MS has decided that the interface for this convergence will be touch. This is incorrect and a mistake. We will all be long dead before desktops (desktop PCs, servers, HTPCs, etc.) are obsolete and even longer before people manipulate their desktop by touching the monitor.
Bottom line, MS has made a strategic mistake. Tactical mistakes, ie, start button, tiles, etc. are not serious mistakes and are actually the correct decisions if you assume the strategic decisions are correct. Unless they rethink the strategy, over the years, MS is going to lose control of the desktop/laptop market. I happen to believe that they are so late to the portable device market that they will not succeed there either. Apple and Google have that wrapped up just like MS had desktops/laptops wrapped up for decades.
Sell MS stock. This can be, but will not be, corrected and W8.1 is all the evidence you need. Trying to fix strategic mistakes with tactical solutions.