"Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft's internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing," Paul Thurrott wrote on his Supersite For Windows today, citing a source inside Microsoft.
Not surprising at all. Go into any computer store and watch people's reaction to the salesperson's attempt to describe to the customer what they have to do to make W8 behave like the W7 desktop they're familiar with.
Who in MS thought it was a good idea to not give consumers a choice and force this tablet UI onto every PC?
No there are just many people who aren't so simple that they require an identical UI for every device they own. The majority of smartphone users are already comfortable with Android and know how to use it. Obviously that their smartphone and desktop have different UI's is not only no problem for them, they are more productive because of it.
Oh that's amusing. If the user has PC skills they're probably already using Linux and not Windows. However if MS wants to sell the public they need to face reality. Consumers overwhelmingly dislike tiles on a devices without touch.