The venom comes from having that interface rammed down our throats.
On a touch device... it might make sense... on a desktop or even a laptop, it absolutely makes no sense to a lot of us, and to not give an option to turn it off is absolutely ridiculous... which drives the venom even more.
Why do all you win 8 supporters encourage people to buy something that some folks outright don't like? You aren't going to change our minds, just as much as we aren't going to change yours. It's like you are all defensive over your purchase... and need our blessing to agree that it was a good one.