I suppose I'm one of the rare souls who finds 8 very intuitive and easy to use. I don't have a smartphone, so I have no app habits to break. The common complaints I've encountered haven't been relevant to me, and after 9 months I find myself much more comfortable with 8 than any other operating system I've employed. However, I keep getting 8.1 notifications, and have recently read that Microsoft will only support 8 for two years. (I'm not overly knowledgeable about the way Microsoft continues support of older systems, but I bought this computer thinking they offered some form of support for 10 years.) It makes me anxious to refrain from installing 8.1 until I'm forced to do so since I'm imagining the number of additional updates they will make to 8.1 over the next two years. I'm so satisfied with what I have now that I'm willing to hold off until then if the changes are dramatic enough to the user experience. My concerns are: I have never liked the start menu, and I am thrilled that it's gone; I like being able to type in a program or app and have it come up without searching; I like having a desktop and a separate home screen; I like the ease of installing and uninstalling new software and apps; I like the organization that some of the pre-installed apps afford me; and I like the control that I have in customizing so many different areas that I can tailor my computer to its purpose. I am not too happy with the synchronization of office pro 2013, but I can't decide if that's an issue with 8 or with office. Getting around to my question, what am I missing? What am I overlooking? Is there any major flaw of which I'm ignorant? Is there a significant improvement in 8.1 that demands my adoption? Is their anyone that thinks they can convince me to change my mind? This might be an odd post, but the windows 8 reviews are everywhere, and they are, along with blog posts, comments, and opinions, overwhelmingly negative. Negative to the point of hyperbole and even vitriolic or aggressive. Naturally, as one lacking a wealth of computer knowledge, reading such things inspires doubt and confusion. I worry that I'm not seeing the whole picture and fear that I'm overlooking some design flaw which won't be obvious until I'm staring at it.