It confused me too. I wondered what the advantage would be to create an OS that would require most users to get a new computer/device to operate it. Then I realized that they're probably trying to take a page out of Apple's book. Just forgetting that they do NOT have the same emotional fan base.
It sounds like Windows 8 will offer manual configuration that has traditional GUI look that we are accustomed to and the "Metro" configuration that has the new cutting edge looks. However, Metro variant is more limiting and it is not open. The trouble is even though there is the option of choosing which variant the user wants to install, the old and open variant seems to be "discouraged" due to the traditional look it has. Also, by default, Windows 8 will install the Metro version which means a huge number of users will be locked into the closed variant.
That's where the problem seems to be. I must admit the article does not have enough information to fully understand the scale of this problem.
I found this article that gives good visual illustrations on the Metro GUI and its features.
I think it's going to be a problem that they alienate a good amount of their typical consumer base. This is almost a complete 180 shift from the typical MSFT experience. Now they just dive in with a tablet-like touch interface. Might not be so intuitieve for a lot of people.
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