The way they keep trying to force you into the Metro UI is annoying but from my time using it, it is fast.
The speed combined with the cheap cost, I see it gaining some good traction in the market.
It is cool to see them take the Apple route on pricing and there are these options to go back to a more classic Start Menu. Although I have been warming up to the new UI, I just wish you could click and hold the background to flip pages. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403139,00.asp
Lang I think you hit the nail right on the head. After all Win 7 is just a cleaned up version of Vista. I really hope they (microsoft) gets **** punched hard enough for them to listen to what customers want in Win 9.