hmmm, I think I am slowly getting it ... I don't mean liking windows 8 but getting what microsoft are up to.
Apps, apparently they make 30% of each app download, and if you want to write apps you have to use their IDE (I think, don't quote me) and that is not free either.
I guess thats why Metro is default and why its locked as default, the lack of a start menu? just a kick whilst you are down
even at the server end microsoft are doing weird stuff, exchange will no longer have `shared folders` in the classic sense, and sorry but thats the one and only reason to use exchange rather than any other IMAP system, with that essentially gone one could replace exchange with any flavour of postfix/courier/etc and not suffer.... and then for the vast majority of non-enterprise users ... do you really need active directory ? really ? most of my clients don't, the only reason they have a windows server is exchange.
Really the linux community should be kicking themselves with pointy boots right now, short of MINT all the current high flyers are broken with gnome-shell or bad clones (unity) else some OEMs might have had another bash at the linux desktop, as it is they are mostly flirting with alternative android `fun-boots`