re: Microsoft's Influence Fading Fast: Gartner
Sorry, a bit random here but, ... for Metro haters, the simple solution, install Classic Shell. It works, it's <9MB, open source, and very very stable. You actually do get MANY options to customize Windows 8, if you'll spend the time to try. Using CS you get the speed, stability (I've yet to have a Win8 box BSOD either for business or consumer customers), and security of Win8 and the GUI of XP, Vista, or Win7 (your choice).
As for Facebook and things like that, corporations have that problem every day. Either they allow Facebook or they don't. It's called Application Control. $600 firewalls like the Cisco ISA500 series offer this feature out of the box so if you don't want FB, block it. No YouTube, block it. Simple and should be done at the firewall NOT on the desktop.
For killer apps, Microsoft shipped at least as much as Apple does with its products. Why should Microsoft had to have had more apps? They did ship a basic Office with RT. What does Apple ship? A cruddy note pad.
For the most part Metro is for consumers and MS knows it. Businesses are still deploying 7 and will be for another year or more, especially until Win8 SP1 ships. By then 8 should have Metro-deployable business apps if businesses demand them, if not they'll create desktop icons and have the user boot to the desktop.
So having used 8 for a long time now and having originally absolutely hated it, I can tell you you are incorrect about having zero adjustments options. 8 is very customizable, look for it. BTW, people hated Windows 95 too. Actually, they hated Windows when it first came out preferring their DOS launch menus. People also hated Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner (ok, some still do) and The Beatles. People don't like change but eventually come around.