Up front I'm gonna say that I'm thoroughly enjoyingusing the Windows 8 CP. I've only just installed it after spending a frustrating week waiting for my new ISP to get their finger out and hook me up, but the little time I've had with it (about 24hrs) has impressed me.
That said, no it's not yet ready to be my main OS. The fact that most of the apps are just previews at the moment and the functionality that they do have is mostly US centric (or at least don't seem to function properly for me in Australia) is a real deterrent for using it as my everyday OS. The main issue is that I was unable to successfully install a single app from the store!
It must be said though that I bloody LOVE IE10 - in both it's forms. It just zips along, none of the hassles that I've experienced with older versions. Get that C+P thing happening in the Metro version and ya got a winner.
Really? You guys like this big thick beast?
In the linked article it says that they prefer regular Windows because of the range of software available.
Good luck trying to actually use any of it on a screen that size.
I mean, yeah, it's a cool geeky idea but IRL it would be nothing but frustration.
I've tried to run Windows on a touch screen device and it was hopeless. Yes, Windows 8 itself is brilliant for that kind of thing while you're in the start screen/Metro mode but it gets trickier once you go to the regular desktop.
Trying to use Windows in the normal way you soon discover that the system itself and the software built for it by 3rd parties is not yet finger friendly. And that's on a 12 inch screen, how much more will it piss you off on a screen a third of that size?
To sum up: cool(ish) but impractical.
What do I want? Well, I can't disagree with the OP. I would like and expect to see those things in the final release. Also I'd like to see the ribbon UI simplified somewhat so that the most common tasks were instantly available. For example: you drop some files into your DVD drive, obviously you want to burn those to disc yet that option is hidden under "Share" and not immediately obvious.