Originally Posted by AndyMulhearn
Contrast this with the way Apple are grafting iOS UI components in to Lion and the upcoming Mountain Lion and the contrast is way too extreme
I'm assuming you have Macs, iPads or iPhones in the house. Hate to think you based your dismissal on 5 minutes of play with a beta OS against an OS you've never used. That said, if you are familiar with both OSX and iOS, wouldn't a merge of them seem relatively natural? Opposed to say a Windows Phonei-ish interface on a Windows OS, if you have no experience with Windows Phone? It is interesting that many of the current treatments of Win8 forget to mention that it reatins essentially everything you had with Windows 7, and adds the new desktop Metro interface and apps. Admittedly it does take a little getting used to, but so did Win3, 95, 7, as there were enough UI changes that needed a bit of learning. Sometimes a little efort will actually pay off.
Oh, BTW, its Beta. Amazing how many people expect to load it and run it with no issues at all. I can tell you there is a significant change between the Developer Preview and the Consumer Preview. I expect changes when RC comes out. Not philosophy changes, but certainly usability tweaks.