Based upon what I have been reading of late, it seems that perhaps Microsoft "gets it" and may actually make the changes to Windows 8 the marketplace has been demanding. The lynchpin of these will be allowing Desktop users to be Desktop users without forcing them into a Modern UI environment. And why force users into Modern UI? If Modern UI is really all that, wouldn't users be drawn there organically? It seems that the people who have the least confidence in Modern UI are Microsoft themselves. If they truly believe in their vision why not give users the opportunity to opt out? They would be saying, "You don't have to use Modern UI but it is so awesome you are going to want to!...". Isn't that more compelling than "You have no choice but you'll learn to like it after a while...". Do you want to have your parents pick who you will marry or would you rather fall in love on your own? Anyway, for touch users Modern UI shows real promise. Some rough edges but in many ways it is an enjoyable experience. The advent of inexpensive new technology like Leap Motion will allow people to transform their legacy monitors into 10 point touch beasts for only $80. That can't hurt. But that still doesn't mean that Microsoft can walk away from mouse users. There will still be a lot of those for a long time and they must be heard. Luckily for Microsoft, it sounds as if this time, they may actually be listening. We'll see. The first blush of Windows 8.1 goes public in June. We'll find out then if Microsoft "gets it" or not. I am hopeful.