The Modern UI is great and Microsoft did a wonderful job. If mobile computing is the future, then you have to admit that touch is the future....and Windows 8 and RT have awesome touch interfaces. The professional reviewers have absolutely no idea what they are talking about and are just used to hating Microsoft. When Microsoft actually does something better than or different from Apple, they get confused. I think the iPhone is great but I wouldn't want the same OS on a tablet.
There are so many of these reviewers who are "confused" by the Surface and Windows 8 or they believe "regular" consumers will be "confused". Admit that they are only confused because MSFT did something unexpected, innovative, and different, and ultimately better than Apple and Google.
MSFT had to require the Modern UI and get rid of the start menu in order to jump start the Modern UI app market. I have used the Modern UI with a mouse and the experience is fine...no negatives, despite a little bit of learning involved. Instead of a vertical list of icons you have a horizontal arrangment of live tiles. You can easily get to the list of icons also if you want it.
Last edited by markbot; 11-20-2012 at 02:01 PM.