well, this is why i wanted to wait for beta. So far, my favorite taskbar is treated as second class citizen and metro is first class citizen.
it doesn't matter blah, if i cannot have taskbar always visible in metro, then, i will skip win8. surely I can cope with win8, but it is rather pointless when I already have win7.
I don't know how many people feel the same. I can give up many things, like start menu and desktop, but, I will not give up always visible taskbar. Simple as that. And win8 team has yet to demonstrate such capability. If RTM indeed lacking such feature, win8 will be the second win I skipped. First is win ME cause I cannot play games.
If you're not interested in running Metro-style applications, then you have no need to upgrade anyway. However, if you do, then methinks you will upgrade despite the lack of an always-visible task bar. It seems rather silly to boycott an OS simply because you want a UI feature that has no business being visible when you're running a Metro-style application.
For the record, I can't stand having the task bar always visible. I always set it to auto-hide. It's a complete waste of screen real estate when 99% of my time is spent looking at program windows. Having it visible when a Metro app is active goes against the very reason for running a Metro application in the first place. Not only am I indifferent to not having the task bar available while a Metro app is running, I would strongly disagree with any decision to add such a feature.