or people that actually used the system decided that having 16 small icons on 1/4-1/3 of the screen was actually more useful than pinning all of them to the taskbar. and that hitting a single icon would get them back to where they were used to (or even boot directly into).
yes, some of the settings are obfuscated in win8 but by no means worse than the current generation of ubuntu or mint. i run all 3 currently. one of my biggest gripes about ubuntu right now (unity, to be fair) is that when i RCE to my win7 pc, and hit the start key, the unity search app also loads. i also absolutely cannot alt+tab between windows of the same app. i have to alt-`. talk about a change from the norm. way more annoying than anything ive ever faced with win8.
you sound like the guy earlier who took 5 years to get a "stable" win7 system. im 99% sure you've never even used a win8 system and just mock it according to slashdot trolls who hate change. you mocked win3 to win95. you mocked win95 to win98. you mocked 98 to me (rightly so). even though nt was stable, you mocked that too. let's hate microsoft. vista? f vista! even though it was stable as crap a year after release and device manufacturers actually got around to producing quality drivers. but lets all hate on microsoft because why the hell not? my surface pro 2 is probably the best piece of hardware i've ever purchased. and that includes an alienware m17rx3 that likely still outperforms (or damn close) current gen macbook pros.
what is inherently wrong with a single OS philosophy? google just threw it in our face at google i/o a few days ago. i don't see you complaining about that. but it's google isn't it? they steal our privacy and we love them for it. apple locks us in to the app store and we couldn't be more happy. at least microsoft is putting out products that we can (mostly) do what we want with.