Related to this second point is information I've received that Microsoft has been furiously ripping out legacy code in Windows 8 that would have enabled third parties to bring back the Start button, Start Menu, and other software bits that could have made this new OS look and work like its predecessor. In fact, I've seen that several well-known UI hacks that worked fine with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview are no longer functional in the coming Release Preview. And those with hopes that Microsoft would allow businesses, at least, to boot directly to the desktop should prepare for disappointment. That feature not only isn't happening, it's being removed from Windows Server 12 (Windows 8's stable mate) as well.
Laughing out loud! This Windows 8 thing becomes utterly ridiculous. Forcing Metro is bad enough, but going as far to cripple third party start menu replacements?!
I guess the people at MS are afraid that OEMs will put Stardock's start menu replacement on desktop computers on default. Well, boys, if you indeed assume that your core product will be this unpopular with the laptop/desktop customers, then you've got a problem. And raping them into your product won't work.
As I said, this will be far, far worse than Vista. Vista wasn't that bad, its problems were mostly buggy third party drivers, and under-estimated system requirements. Stuff which can be fixed by updated drivers, service packs and a RAM upgrade. Win 8 on the other hand.. that's the real deal, baby.
By the way, was Sinofsky seen at Wallstreet lately?