Absolutely useless, disgusting and offensive.
I read a MS blog that seems quite proud of this edition, but you are quite right, John, Windows 8 is an abomination and a grievous insult to the desktop users of this world.
It would be alright if the Metro UI could be disabled completely so we could return to a Win 7-like desktop, but it seems MS is fully intent on forcing this mess down consumers throats regardless of the backlash it is receiving throughout the world/across the industry. I read yesterday that MS is furiously ripping out Legacy Code to disable start button/menu replacements, despite the obvious want, need, desire to have them, to ensure that users are doomed to use Metro. Not happening on my PC's, though. Hopefully MS will learn from this diabolical mistake and revert back to a sensible UI for Win 9... though I won't hold my breath.