For those who likewise have been ardent users of the OS since the early DOS days, it’s another step towards the consolidation (maybe consolification is the right word?) of the OS. Pessimists could say, at least from a visual perspective, W8 is W7 with a WP7 Metro launcher. Either way, W7 still has a long life ahead of it. The brains behind all of this is Steven Sinofsky and this article sums him up fairly well.