We here the same junk on every Microsoft release. WFW 3.11 is just Win3.1 with networking capability, 95 is just WFW without running over the top of DOS, XP is just 98 with new GUI, Vista is just XP with new GUI. Win7, the golden child is 100% new and now, Win8 is just Win7 with a touchscreen GUI.
All of these claims are totally false. All of these claims slowly fade away and people try to forget they ever said them. Win8 will be bashed for a while and then slowly people will see it isn't all about Metro and they will all wonder why anyone would run any older OS.
I will say it sucks to loose the old Start Menu. They should have both. The new UAC changes are just going to create a whole new batch of confusion. But if you look past Metro there are more changes that seam to be overlooked.
When it comes right down to it Vista was not as bad as people made it out to be. I think UAC just confused to many people. WinME wasn't as bad as people made it out to be either. People are just miss educated and take the media as gospel. I remember reading the credentials of the writers in one of the major computer rags. Most of them had like 4 years of experience. I was a teenager and already had more experience then these clowns that claim to be the authority. I stopped reading the mags after that. They were to frustrating with all the opinions that were way off base. These guys are "writers" not IT guys.