It was to replace Windows 7 with Windows 8 what part did you not get and why release Windows 8 if it wasn't to replace Windows 7? Windows 8 never had a true Desktop UI so one needs to stop thinking otherwise. Windows 7 isn't Windows 8 Metro-your making such a big leap one has to has to wonder.
No it was intended to replace all previous Windows and again why release Windows 8 if that wasn't the reason. Yeah looks better and easier to use as in what? Tablet/Windows phone that is really not what most want to begin with or needed. I can find better Desktop like Windows 7 a clean look without no tiles or icons M$ wants to put on my desktop. It doesn't look better it looks worse even Apple Desktop looks like a Windows 7 style desktop and they have more style. So your "it does look better" is hitting the koolaid pretty hard.
Really Unix distro they are so scattered and not unified they will never muster enough of market share to scare M$. So let's be factual and realistic on which O/S is what everyone wants to be like M$ O/S but not the Metro.
Hate have you not read anything from my other posting? I guess not I used Windows 8 preview and that experience in attempting to use it was just about worthless when trying to do the same actions I would do on Windows 7 is not the same nor look the same. And where did I say I hated Metro I express frustration on how M$ with one bonehead move alienated all the Windows user in their own agenda pursuit of beating Apple and selling their Windows Apps store of which was a flop let alone tablet/surface...of which you hearing nothing about anymore??? Windows alone was a selling point and Metro was no starter to begin with and they failed to listen to testers and preview users and rather then learn they called them dum and stupid and didn't know what they were talking about. And guess what now looks who got the door shown to them.....? I give you 1,000 guess to guess who it is......