We tend to base our reality on those around us and as humans we associate in groups who share similiar beliefs (slashdot.org pro linux anti MS, geek stuff, etc) which alter our viewpoints. It doesn't mean that those who disagree do not exist.
When making Planet of the Apes those in the gorrilas, chimpanzees, and others ended sitting in groups during lunch. They were not told too. Human psychology with group idenitty played into this at a subconcious level. I find it very interesting. ... back to the viewpoint I am not a Metro Tile Lover AT ALL. Many on www.neowin.net love Metro and it is similiar to slashdot but is very pro MS. There is a strong 1/3 minority who hate Metro there too like slashdot but love other MS stuff give or take and fights in comment sections between the 2 groups pop up.
I agree the Windows 7 desktop and Gnome 2 are better for me and those who do real work with lots of apps everywhere. Not applets. However, the younger crowd is used to cell phones during brain development so using an app and having 1 or two applets at a time feels comfortable.
I also agree Windows 8 IS A DISASTER. It is not that Modern/Metro is bad to me. It was not implemented correctly and rushed to beat Apple. But that doesn't mean we should not welcome changes like booting to desktop back or hate all applets on the desktop if the desktop is actually returned and no closed door syndrome shit. After all we own Androids and iPhones and do not freak out each time we use them right?
The younger crowd likes portability and touch. My example of my niece is that. She had 0 problems and has used XP on her parents computer before. She was happy got Metro and her brain was able to learn and even feel comfortable with it immediately. This generation are now just entering the workforce while the baby boomers are out or will be in the next 10 years. We will go in upper management or start companies or just mingle with this new group but they will be buying computers and influence corporate decision making more and more.
Yes the rumors about mouse-first, voice-first, and touch-first were from neowin.net. Microsoft employees mentioned this. In 1 month we shall see at the BUILD conference if this is true. I use that site as well. Been accused of being a shill for Linux on that :-)
I get flamed on both sides but I do not like being closed mined and missing something. I was one of those who brushed off the web and refused to learn development on it as HTML was just that. It wasn't real programming etc. I regret that choice.
While I am keeping Windows 7 and CentOS for now and ignore ubuntu and Windows 8 it does not mean I am set and will turn into an XP luddite and not update for 12 years and then go in a rampant rage when forced too. Windows 9 and Linux mint maybe on my next computer in about a year to a year and a half from now.