Quotes taken from this article.
I’ve always been troubled by the duality of Windows 8: the fact that it has two completely different environments.
Yeah, but if Windows 8 had only the desktop, you’d be writing that OS has no future because it isn’t touch friendly. If it had only the New UI, you’d be writing that Microsoft was destroying the Windows ecosystem. Yes, the OS is 2 UIs in one. But that’s what you get when you have to cover all the bases.
you have a Start screen — the Home screen for TileWorld. If you use Windows 8, you will be spending a lot of time here.
Not if you use mostly desktop apps and pin them to your taskbar.
you have to search for everything.
Searching is a smart and intuitive alternative to spelunking menu hierarchies. This also ignores the fact that you can right-click on the Start Screen, select All Apps, and see every application available on your PC.
You must search for either programs, or settings, or files. You can’t search all three categories at once.
That’s because every user who’s searching for something, even if they have no idea whether that thing exists or not, probably knows whether it’s a program, file, or setting. Therefore, there’s no need for a search to span all 3 categories. If I’m looking for the Control Panel, why would I want to see files named “Control Pa*?” That makes no sense.
None of those methods are as simple, obvious or quick as the old way: just listing Control Panel in the Start menu.
You can do this anyway by pinning Control Panel to the Start menu, or even to the taskbar.
When you consider the slow sales of Windows 8,
Most outlets have attributed this to a market shift toward more mobile products, and not to any failing of the OS itself.