“So, instead of bringing back a familiar environment, the revived “Start” button is mainly just another way of directing you to the new one.”
That seems to defeat the purpose, doesn’t it?
I have a Windows 8 machine and I don’t understand the fuss. The Start screen is intimidating at first, and I think it’s a bit overrated, but you can get your old Desktop screen with one touch, so what’s the big deal? And you can get to all of your apps from that Desktop screen, so again, what’s the big deal? If you don’t like the Start screen, simply use the Deskstop screen and you’ll be OK.
The app store, however, is just silly. There’s aren’t enough apps, and especially enough good apps — and free apps — to justify its existence. Well, I guess it needs to exist, since that’s how I’ve gotten several apps, but I’ve had to purchase most of the programs that I use and download them from Amazon or Microsoft (ie, MS Office 2013), so there’s that.
I got a touchscreen computer cause I think it’s the wave of the future and I didn’t want to regret not getting one two years from now. But I think I may have jumped the gun, since I tend to use my mouse most of the time. At some point, using touch may be mandatory, but for now, it’s not essential.
I kind of like Windows 8. I think it’s Microsoft’s biggest jump in its operating system since they created Windows and moved people from DOS (the good old days). It’s not a bad concept. Microsoft just needs to iron out some kinks and get people used to it.