My official opinion is it’s not horrible, but it’s not great. It’s built for a touch screen computer so using a keyboard and mouse with it is a joke. Microsoft is trying to get the same interface standard across their Surface tablet and Windows 8 phones. I’ve heard the phones are very good. I’ve heard the tablet is so-so and the computers are just OK.
One annoyance is how to easily turn the computer off. (Fixed here, but it will require some skills and if you don’t feel comfortable, don’t do it www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/how-to-sleep-restart-shutdown-windows-8-via-right-click-context-menu/).
Another is that our friend the START button has been removed from the desktop. I have heard there’s a great program for $5 called Start8 (www.stardock.com/products/start8/) that can give you a start button back!