What a great bunch of links, thanks!
Are Windows 8 tablets already irrelevant?
Here's another quote to call out from that article:
While Sinofsky is clever enough not to say it in the blog post, the feeling I get is that Microsoft now sees the traditional desktop UI as “legacy,” and that’s worrying.
There will be hell to pay if they ever get rid of the desktop completely. For example, if there is a way to see (let alone use) other hard drives and their contents from within the Metro interface, I have yet to find it. (Suggestions welcomed.) There's probably not much of a need to back up the contents of a tablet's drive, but that underscores the fact that tablets are toys and tablet interfaces are not intended for serious work. So why cram it down users' throats?
Windows 8 design flaws Microsoft MUST address
Problem is, once you have more than a few apps running, there’s no quick and easy way to cycle between them. You move the mouse to the left, an icon pops up, and if it’s not the right one, you have to click on it and try again.
I've run into this annoyance a number of times. On the desktop you can easily move the cursor to the right place on the taskbar to get directly
to the program you want.
Going back to your first link -- the only way I can see using a tablet (Windows or otherwise) is if I'm sitting in the kitchen or the family room and get an idea to write down, or decide to look something up on the Web, then printing it later or saving it for copying it to my main PC. If there isn't any way to do these things, then a tablet is just an expensive plaything.
Windows 8 Metro UI and how previous attempts to revamp the desktop failed
That's precisely what it is.
Metro could still be seen as an unnecessary layer between the user and their beloved desktop.
I'm looking at Metro as Microsoft's most aggressive attempt to date to implement an "active" desktop
. Most aggressive, because this time we may not be able to turn it off. (While I never understood or cared for the Win98 Active Desktop, I do use the Vista Sidebar.)
The most cogent comment from the "Making lame excuses" blog post:
That's the problem with most modern operating systems: they've been systematically removing the ability to configure the system like you want if you are an ordinary user and not a registry hacker (in the case of windows). This fault is not limited to Windows, Gnome and Unity display this problem and I think Apple actually invented "no user choice" aka "we know best" aka "arrogant inflexibility". Good products are those that help users mold the product to their purposes.
Keep those insightful articles coming!