Remember the batter that pointed to the wall before the pitch?
I get the feeling that these criticisms are somewhere between "pot stirring" and "pointing to the wall", and all giving MS plenty of ammo for their goal-line push.
We've got a customer who has a 4 monitor layout on their desk. The Windows Desktop has over three hundred icons on it, and all segregated into 'types' and 'different services' and 'different zones of a process completion', located in various corners, middles, etc.
All "zone-ified" according to that one user.
They routinely 'lose' things. "I need a system restore."
No. They need SEARCH and to remember what they labeled a file that they foolishly put onto their desktop, then accidentally dragged it into another desktop folder!
I can't wait to hear how Windows 8 makes "administration so much cheaper". We spend so many ALL BILLABLE HOURS with that one user chasing down their zone-ified 4-screen desktop items. Our revenues LOVE that. Our mental-health does NOT.
This is how THAT user works. All the customizations are available, and Start Menus let us find every standard feature easily enough. So the User gets their desktop, and they pay us extra amounts as we wade thru their 'style' to administer everything else.
If customization is reduced to a million-grains-of-sand Desktop Search, and "only Hot Keys" are used in a world WITHOUT keyboards (I still can't get over THAT dichotomy!), our revenues from Win8's "Easy Administration" should skyrocket... IF our customers move over.
"Say - when's SP3 coming out?"