I've never used Windows 8 and I have a problem with it. The problem is philosophical -- a LARGE number of people have said they don't like this new "giant tablet" interface, as the OP puts it. Microsoft knows this, but they decided to ignore all of the feedback. If this new UI was so great, people would choose it over the old one. But Microsoft isn't willing to allow the idea to sink or swim in the free market of ideas. Instead, they are saying "we know better than you do" and are forcing it on everyone. It's paternalistic and insulting to be treated this way by a company. MS deserves every bit of flack they are catching -- it's New Coke all over again. And I say this as someone who generally likes and uses Microsoft products.