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kylealden Uninstalling Quicksilver in favor of Launchpad is a very strong endorsement.
2 years, 6 months ago on Microsoft: The Schizophrenic Windows 8 Interface Will Offer the "Best of Both Worlds"
Another layer of UI = another layer of clutter, no matter how well-designed it is. An analog question: I'm curious how many Lion users are genuinely using Launchpad to start apps instead of dragging things to their dock -- I know I haven't touched Launchpad outside of experimentation since I installed Lion.
MSFT, if they really believe in the Metro paradigm, needs to demonstrate this loud and clear to its customers and developers, bite the bullet and aggressively transition away from Explorer. Windows 8 doesn't look like the version where that will happen, but it is probably a really good bet the hybrid approach won't survive to Windows 9. If they want Metro to succeed, it can't. Imagine if Microsoft ran Program Manager and Explorer simultaneously in Windows 95, actively giving users a choice to enable it upon first run (or as a prominent item in the Start menu); had that happened, we very well may still be transitioning away from Program Manager today.
I'm surprised Sinofsky, the man who brought about the Ribbon in Office with no fallback, would take such a conservative approach to Windows. (Maybe the initial criticism of the Ribbon got to him?)