I'll use Windows XP as 0 and Windows 8 as 10, since this seems to only be a comparison between the 4 and not others. The selection of XP as 0 and Win8 as 10 is just because I think that they are the worst and best, respectively.
Windows 95: 5
Windows 98 SE: 6
Windows Me: 7
Windows XP: 8
Windows XP x64: 8.5
Windows Vista: 7
Windows 7: 9 (I'd almost give it 10 if it wasn't so bloated)
Windows 8: won't rate, it's a touchscreen POS never meant for the desktop
And you care about some random anonymous person on the internet's arbitrary score?
Not as such, really. Let's put a bit of context on this. I've been using this forum little over a year now. In that time, you read enough posts by regulars to understand, to a reasonable degree, that they talk sense.
It's not like I found this information from a user named "Haxor1337" on a YouTube video entitled "WINDOZE 8 SUCKS".
Furthermore, this is a forum populated with people who have a strong technical background, rather than your average user. Their needs in the OS are likely to match mine more closely than your average user.
It's probably no coincidence that Windows 8 is getting a fair amount of criticism on this post.
Do you think you could use the OS productively without the traditional start menu? This seems to be the major hurdle for most people. I for one have become accustomed to, and indeed prefer the new Start screen.
Edit: disregard if you saw the last part. No need to spark this old debate here.
I find window 8 is targeted to the the average user. Do you have more then one monitor ? Well you probably don't otherwise you would have mentioned how terrible the hotspots are and the 1 pixel in height you need to hit to close a metro program. I haven't seen any commercials where there is some guy with a 9 monitor setup multitasking away, if you have let me know.
I'm an average user, I use my computer for average things and run average programs. Windows 7 does everything I need, there is no point in changing that to get a feature that will be of no benefit to me. Anyways Windows Blue is around the corner not sure how a yearly release will work out for microsoft though.
I have two monitors but I believe the hotspot is 6 pixels. Metro apps are meant for content consumption not production so I find this irrelevant regarding multiple monitors. I can tell you about the improvements for multi-monitor setups though. I agree that not everyone will have a need or desire to upgrade. For me I like to keep up to date in changes to the underlying system.