Windows 8 is a great platform for business and it has paved way for a touchscreen future. Dot Com Infoway has provided a infographic based on features of Windows 8. This tells about the fact, fundamentals and the features of windows 8.
I'm running Windows 8 on my macbook pro with bootcamp...personally, while interesting initially because of the tile system and being able to set that up for myself, i don't really find it any better or worse than the Windows 7 i had on my macbook before. I honestly feel like this OS was meant for touch screens as an outer layer, but the behind the scenes stuff and the normal functional part of windows is really just the same old song and dance. I find myself touching my mac's screen for the tiles (initially anyways) and then feeling like a dimwit when it didn't respond. I'm sure it's pretty awesome on the surface tablet, but here, it just feels like a gimmick, and overall, i would not have invested in this OS...thankfully i got it from a friend who got it for work, so no money from me!
I have it on my machine at work because we have a volume license for the Enterprise edition. I'm one of only three computers running it and that is probably going to be how it will be for a long time. I use it every day remotely controlled by my Mac and with my tweaks and hacks it works perfectly because I spend 0 time in the Windows 8, Metro UI layer. It is crap and if Microsoft wasn't such a big behomoth I would say this mistake is going to put them under. The whole OS is dis-jointed and very un-intuitive. They spent decades teaching users to use the OS one way and now they try to re-engineer it and make the users re-learn a new way of doing things. It is the stupidest approach and I have run every Windows OS since Windows 95 so I speak from a lot of experience. In the company I work for I would dread loading this on any of our computers and the millions of calls I would get. I still have programs that don't work because they require some plug in or they require a different .net version. In typical Microsoft fashion they give you the error pop up with no links to what is needed. So I have to search the web find it download it and when I try to install it. Windows tells me that I have a newer version and the version is not necessary
It can be used but if a user, me in this case, has tweaked it to work just like Windows 7. This is the only way it is useful to me then you end up asking yourself what was the whole point of this OS? There are good points but why didn't they take Windows 7 and put these good features into it instead of trying to re-inventing the wheel and ending up with a square one.
Just got a Thinkpad Twist (S230U) and love the machine. W8, so far, has been a fascinating journey as I learn how to use it. I got the Twist because of the touchscreen but have found out W8 runs quite well with just a mouse (trackball actually). You can avoid the whole Metro UI if that's your wish. I flip back and forth as I discover the software's capabilities. So far, so good.
I bought a non-touch screen Windows 8 laptop 3 months ago. Big disappointment for me. The tiles don't work well at all with a mouse and keyboard. 95% of the time, I'm using the "desktop" view, but it too is annoying without the Start Menu (I know there are work arounds for the start menu), I'm just saying. Computers are supposed to help us work....not create more work for us.
Summary: IMO Windows 8 just doesn't cut it on a work machine without a touch screen. It's a tablets operating system.
I recently bought a Lenovo laptop expecting to bite the bullet and get used to metro screen and whatever desktop had to offer. After getting classic shell I now have my old GUI back (To a W2K guy) and a fondness for a now non-mandatory metro. Choice, helps a lot. 8)