It's more stable.
It's easy to skip past the Live Tiles(if you don't like them)
The desktop is not much different than Win 7, except for the start button.
You can do everything that you could with Win 7.
Some people just walk around with a thunder cloud over their head,
and I think these Win 8 haters fit in that group.
I dislike M$FT as much as the next guy, I think Ballmer is a buffoon,
and don't own the stock, but I love my Win 8 desktop. (And this is written from my MacBook)
I agree with you, im. It took me some initial adjusting to but I like it more and more as I use it. I think MS should put the Start Button on the classic desktop with a service pack and put the red "X" back in the upper right of programs so you can close them without having to use ALT+F4. (The third party Start Button utilities seem to throw you back to the Metro or Tile screen). But overall it certainly is much better than Vista and from the classic desktop it runs business programs as well as Windows 7. It does boot up and shut down much faster than Windows 7; installs printers more easily and seems more stable than Win7. I think more people will warm up to it over time but not sure that enough will to make it successful.
It's not that Windows 8 is bad for the platform it was designed - specifically tablets, but it is absolutely horrific for anything that wasn't designed for touch. Even analysts and market researches are blaming Windows 8 specifically for the steep decline in Q1 desktop sales. And now they report that W8 sales have plummeted.
I've used Win 8 on a second computer since December and I don't like it one bit. Faster??? It's not faster than my desk top with Win 7, Core i7, video card and a ton of RAM.
Let's see your apples to apples comparison????
I used it and it sucks. It's speed and stability are not the problem -- it's the interface -- which has nothing to do with speed or stability. It is useless for business. It is a phone-clone toy operating system that has no place on a desktop or laptop used for serious business.. And by the way, all Windows operating systems boot up and run fast when they are new. They then get slower and slower over time because Microsoft can't seem to figure out what Apple seems to have figured out years ago -- how to keep an operating system from choking on it own sh&t.