First off, I come into this not knowing anything about Windows 8 other than the new "Metro" interface looks a lot like the devices they use in Idiocracy.
Gabe Newell from Valve has said that Windows 8 is a catastrophe and that game developers should just start programming for Linux now.
Marcus "Notch" Perssons of Minecraft fame has said that Windows 8 will be really, really bad for indie developers.
Are people over-reacting? Is there truth to it? Has anyone tried Windows 8 yet? Has anyone attempted developing for it? My understanding is that one of the primary complaints is that they will make the PC a closed system where all the software you buy is through a Microsoft Marketplace, as if the PC were no different than X-Box Live. Is that just a bad rumor?
I'm just curious about Win8. I like Windows 7 and I'm not looking forward to a new OS, especially since just about every other MS OS sucks. Has Microsoft come up with big ideas and people are just resistent to change? Is Microsoft quickly making their own company irrelevant? Is this controversy all a storm in a teacup that won't even matter in a few months?