@Skeptical: It is frustrating that the direction Windows 8 is going seems like a less productive environment for work.

Even on the desktop, they have made it difficult to "activate" .NET for applications. We dealt with this for several weeks trying to find a way to install (or activate it in the case of Win8) when installing our LOB app. Yes, you can go to the Windows features and check a few boxes to get it installed, but it was far too confusing for general users to navigate that. We had to jump through some crazy hoops, and cost us thousands of $$, to get our installer to activate that for them. Why would MS make it so difficult to activate the framework that they promote at the center of their development world?

So I have a hard time buying into the thinking that Win8 is just the same as Win7 on the desktop side. And forget the thought of making your LOB applications work in the "Modern" UI framework. All of the videos and talks about this from Microsoft have left me scratching my head. None of them seem to go beyond what I would consider a dashboard. Where are the stock trading or ERP apps that really get work done? Everything I've seen (like the app from SAP) are nothing more than a fancy dashboard. If they want all us developers to move to that environment, where are the real productivity apps that we can look to as models? I'm really looking for answers here!