I don't get the big fuzz about booting initially to the Metro tiles thingy. It's one
additional keypress to get past it. On a laptop you're going to be using Sleep, Hibernation or Hybrid Shutdown - which means you'll see the tiles screen just how often? (sure, after Windows Update, and some times during the initial install-apps-and-reboot-frenzy).
"Boot straight to desktop" - does that mean skipping the user login, and account password? I hope not O_o
"Start screen" is 100x better than the cruddy old (pre-Vista) start menu, you can actually find
things. And having it full screen gives you so much more Information At Your Fingertips (
) than a limited Vista/Win7 menu. I'm very
sensitive to animation nonsense and usually turn it all off, but the start-screen transmission is smooth & fast, even on limited Intel graphics. Forcing it on people is a bit meh, but without it there might never have been any progress.
Metro<>Desktop switching indeed feels schizophrenic, but I just don't see it in my everyday work (apart from the startscreen). The only metro elements I see are when I change wireless networks, and I find the networkbar a lot nicer than the cruddy old little dialog window in past Windows versions.
I'm probably gonna turn off the charms thingy though, as I don't ever use it. It doesn't pop up by accident often enough that it's a nuisance, though, so I haven't bothered to google how to get rid of it.
As I see it, Win8 is "mostly for the better" (even if I'd like a clean separation of Metro and Desktop - while it works wonderfully on tablets and phones, it's too alien on desktops and laptops). The only things I'm worried
about are the slippery-slope "political" things that are happening, crApple copycat style.