Re: the wisdom of a single interface
I think Microsoft clearly made the wrong bets with Windows 8. That said, at least some of the hubris being discussed in this thread appears to have involved the Sinofsky/Ballmer regime more than Microsoft in its current form. I still have hope that the new Myerson/Nadella pairing will make better calls. As some have pointed out, they need to address not only the aesthetic and UI (which it sounds like they might be-- with desktops booting to a desktop, tablets booting to tiles, the removal of Charms, the return of the Start menu, and other changes coming in "Threshold"), but also IT annoyances-- managing and installing apps, etc. If they get the next version of Windows right, and then give it away to both Win 7 and Win 8 users, I think they can erase a lot of ill will. If the next version isn't a big improvement (Some people seem concerned about the new, Tile-infused Start menu, for example), that'll be a different story.