A faster Windows than Windows, if you will. I find Windows 8 boots and runs very quickly. It is also rock stable. I did find Metro to be useful on occasion, but decided that I wanted the day to day desktop experience and start button back. So rather than crap all over the OS with low ratings, I went out and spent less than 10 bucks on three applications from StarDock -- Start8 to get a better start button than Windows 7, ModernMix -- to allow me to have Metro apps in windows on the desktop (because some of the apps are better than the Windows 7 versions, for example Kindle and Skype), and Fences -- to perfectly organize my desktop. Once you do that, Windows 8 is a great experience. I wish more people would just do that rather than pounding the OS unfairly. Note that Windows 8.1 will fix most of these natively, although I will bet that StarDock will still do it better.