|except you can't have more than one window open at a time|
At the very least, don't be ambiguous while making an argument. You're referring to Windows 8 Apps
, this doesn't apply to desktop apps. Xerzi, you're referring to approximately 3/4 and 1/4. 1/10 is a gross exaggeration.
|and the fact that your accounts are cloud-synced is just ridiculous.|
... you're not forced to cloud-sync your account. The laptop that I'm running on uses a local account, and Windows doesn't even bother me to put it online.
Now, I'll agree that the Windows 8 apps and start menu are generally for touch devices. The buttons are giant and it takes forever to navigate. But that's why they kept the desktop functionality in there, and on top of that, they gave the start menu some extra features for searching. It's snappier, allows you to be more precise in your searches, and displays a LOT more results when you're looking for something.
So, let's say we throw out the Windows 8 UI, since that's what I've essentially done (I do like the aesthetic, though.) There are still plenty of improvements over Windows 7 that make Windows 8 appealing to desktop and laptop users (I belong to both, and have Windows 8 on both.) The task manager has been given a major face-lift and is MUCH more comprehensive than before, the quick-access utilities (accessed by right-clicking on the bottom-left of the screen) are a boon for people that mess with their computers (read: most of us), they've reworked the taskbar to run on multiple monitors without modification (I'm using two monitors right now), and let's not forget the immensely faster boot times.
I'm sure there's plenty more, but my point is that there are as many new toys and boosts for hardcore PC enthusiasts as there are for people who support the whole... giant UI thing which I'm personally not so big on.