Can you expand on that AZ? What was missing that you needed 3rd party products for? I will eventually go to Windows 8 and would like to know what else I will need to get.
If you're a Tablet user you may find the new interface completely acceptable, but the traditional Desktop user will find it somewhat of an annoyance. The Start Button and Menu have been replaced by Metro, which is basically a set of tiles much like those used tablets. This includes all items, including those designed to be run on the desktop. When those items are started, Metro switches to the desktop and leaves you there when you close the program, an extremely poor design.
Aero transparency is completely gone, and while some may find that to be an improvement I thought it was nothing more than a jab in the ribs from Microsoft ( Who's ht e boss of you, we're the Boss of you.
) There was absolutely no reason to remove it for Desktop users. To make matters worse, all new software releases from Microsoft have had their menus modified to display solid (and drab) colors. The look and feel is reminiscent of Windows 3.x or DOS.
Without 3rd party software powering down the PC is awkward, and requires multiple steps. First you log out, and then power down. It’s not an intuitive process at all. The same software restores the Start button, but I found issues with all those I used.
And then there’s the issue of bugs and hardware support – On my sandbox PC I had to replace the Soundcard and Mouse (both are completely supported under Windows 7). Optical drives would disappear from time to time as well, and required a reboot to restore them.
There’s a long list of mostly unresolved issues on the technet site – give it a good perusal before you make the leap. Windows 8 Technet