I am surprised by the real negative reaction to the Metro interface. I upgraded a VM to Win 8 Pro just after its release. Overall, I think the design and ideas are great. I do, however, agree that some of the execution is weak and somewhat clunky.
In particular, I think this article is spot on in pointing out the seemingly inexplicable split in some settings being part of Metro and others being part of the legacy control panel. These sorts of things make it feel like Redmond released an unfinished product,
I also agree with the +CNET
article that Windows RT must be the future of the platform...largely this follows if you accept (which I do) that ARM based devices are the future. Their core problem right now is not enough app support for this platform. However, I think Microsoft should get some credit for recognizing that we are transitioning to a future where computers are becoming appliances (the post-pc world, to use an overused phrase)
It remains to be seen whether Microsoft can step up their game on the execution, but give them credit for seeing the changes coming and trying to adapt accordingly - few large companies are able to do this, and I for one would rather see them right the ship than throw stones,