From all the tester and preview tester so far have said nothing gain otherwise..whether or not it relates it does matter to the adoption.
Just as I said I can only discuss something after trying the final version, only after that I can give my opinion.
Until CD/DVD/BD media are gone OD are here to stay...that is evident enough.
And point is... As I said, OD it's dying, it's not dead yet, its here to stay, but for how long? Just look for the news here for companies that just stoped to manufacture writers and media, it's all here at Myce, so you're not adding nothing new...
A little late here are we...they got dropbox and like rapidshare...MS One drive and Google Office apps. And those don't require a much broad band to work for now. They go email like yahoo and that is a Cloud software already. But whatever the case Cloud is already here it's not like 10-20 years down the road it's that those with limit bandwidth are at the biggest downside.
We are talking about an OS install. In fact Cloud is here since the initial times of internet, it's not more than storage in the web, but just let's see one thing. People now are using cloud services for what? Documents, photos, small movies and some other things around that you don't need too much bandwith. We're talking about an OS installation, and an cloud install it's unpraticable right now because first you still need some media to boot your PC to install initial files (again usb or DVD), and then access the cloud to download the installation. Now we are talking about 2gb to 4gb of files, last time I installed World of Tanks in a PC without Broadband it took 5 hours just to download the game, last time that I had to install windows 7 It took 3 hours to download 2Gb of updates, and believe-me it's still there too many people without broadband, and I'm not even talking about servers shutdowns, so yes I still think about more 10 years to use Servers to Direct Install an OS.
Actually HDD "less reliable for storing data" is a myth anything is less reliable for storing data to single out just HDD is a rosy world view.
Just check how many companies are ther specialized on recover your data from HDDs, and check the money they are making right now just to recover documents from external HDDs. HDD have more chances to fail than a burned DVD (burned in a good media of course). I still have cds burned on a Philips cdd2000 that I can read without errors. So no it's not a myth.
Not BD gets bigger past 10tb HDD or 6tb SSD OD will be second data backup source but far off the point OD can't compare to HDD or SSD capacity at current time frame.
Thats why OD is struggling right now...
Keeping it on USB stick and not giving buyers option to purchase DVD/BD depending on the size won't improve sales.
Like Albert said in the previous post, we still can dowload the ISO.
I think there are people that are haters just to be haters, even if the company it's doing something right, like a usb pen to install.So for this one I think that Microsoft is having some kind of vision...