re: Microsoft To Windows 8 Haters: Try This Mouse
I'm assuming that you use a brand new PC.
For those of us who are saddled with hardware from the Stone Age (my 8-core Xeon box dates back to 2010), Windows 8 was a direct performance hit when running side by side with Windows 7. The comparison wasn't even fair, seeing how the Windows 7 install had been on the system for roughly 12 months and was cluttered with applications, data, etc. True, I had taken the time to tune it a little bit, but when compared to a fresh install of Windows 8 on the same hardware, there was a marked drop in performance.
It's great that your system loads up faster from sleep and doesn't take long to boot up from a cold boot - that's never been an issue for me since I leave mine on 24/7 - so that functionality has close to zero value for me.
One of my problems with the tile interface, when I used it, was that there was so much screen space wasted in the sake of making it look "cool". Being an engineer, I'm a true believer in form following function, not vice-versa. Give me a UI that competes with the elegance of CDE, IRIX or OLVWM - not more trasparency this, charms that or whatever they want to call it.
After this gaffe of an OS, and a reconsideration of my system usage habits, I've moved back to using a Unix variant for my desktop - everything that I need to do in Windows can be done in a virtual machine at this point.
Is Text to Speech going to bring me back intot he Windows camp? Not a chance.