Point being voiced is that in designing and building Windows8 the goals of the Team addressed many things. One of the most major areas of attention being business focused.
Some seemed to think MS had created Win8 as 'Social Networking' toy and not for traditional PCs and laptops (both of which are HUGE in the work/biz community) or for serious corp settings. The reality is very much the antithesis of this.
People take things as confrontational ...cus things are described does not say anyone must run out and buy Win8 and everything before is rubbish. BUT, there is something, absolutely, fundamental that is, oft, being missed. It doesn't matter whether one uses Win8 or likes it or not... Point is what makes it whatever and why is that cool or is it cool?... The fact that certain design goals were met and what they were is, in and of itself what makes Windows8 have value.
These transcend any specific items, details, Features, good or bad, preferred or not. But, these Basics that may be surprisingly, ironically & unexpectedly missed are what make the OS shine.
>Has made itself appealing to enterprise environments
>Vast compatibility base, both hardware and software
>Be happy on various devices, past, present and future - this, including mobile devices and touch screens, as well as conventional desktop PCs and laptops
> Not be resource demanding
>Be enhanced and or improved in several technical areas such as boot time, networking, connectivity, CPU and RAM handling, hardware assets access, graphics and more.
> Have native security enabled by default.
> Allow (easy) 'Build you own APPs" (Windows Dev Center: Tools, samples and docs to build Windows apps)
> Have an 'eye' to the future of computing
> And More
Comparisons, aside, the mere fact that Win8 met its design goals makes it a sound, solid piece of work.
There is a fair bit, new or revamped, in Windows8 that is worthwhile and either better than before (it) or didn't, even, exist 'til, now. Other Windows have been or are good, in many ways... at least, as good as those,Windows8 turns a significant and inevitable corner on the road of modern computing.
The tile 'Start' screen and skepticism should not cloud or mask all that makes it possible to see Win8 in a good light
And it remains that whether, subjectively, one likes it, choses to like it, uses it now or later, by choice or otherwise...
An OS that met its (lofty) design goals and JUST for that it ends up earning kudos.