I think Microsoft is taking a step in the right direction with a unified platform despite some less than stellar execution on their part. Ultimately, you are seeing two different philosophies from Apple and Microsoft, Apple controls their hardware and software while Microsoft makes software for OEMs to be used in whatever hardware the manufacturer thinks they can sell to consumers (more or less).
I agree that it COULD work, but it is a pretty awful first attempt.
I full heartedly agree; they probably should have taken baby steps instead of trying to shove it all down our throats so to speak.
I used to wonder why Apple was so gung ho and migrating everyone to iCloud and trying to eliminate the filesystem, but having tried it out a bit it makes sense. It's actually quite nice for an ease of use perspective. Having used Windows 8 recently I honestly can't figure out what the hell Microsoft was thinking by putting a desktop mode below Metro. I know why they did but they should have sold a metro only option, a destkop only option, and a hybrid option because it's friggin confusing as hell moving between them.
Google and Microsoft seem to be doing the same but I feel like they're still too much in the "File system" idea with how Google Drive and Skydrive present data.
I have a theory that at a Microsoft meeting they were trying to determine what to do for the next version of Windows. Some guy in the back said "What if we put widows phone on top of windows 7?" That guy was promoted.
I agree, they could have even just put a setting in the control panel to switch between different modes.
Microsoft delivers Windows 8 like clone OS as they're software biggest firm. Then their products focus on the corporation sector. And the OEM PCs manufactures need to build the drivers themselves, it's quite messy cause i tried to use it with the old machine, and the OEM doesn't support that much, wanna be good support, buy a newest model. But anyway, as the one who loves the stable machine, i love Mavericks since the way they leant about consumer experiences.
The way I see it, Apple is also doing something similar as Microsoft, just with a smarter approach. Apple is very quickly adding features of iOS onto OS X and vice versa. At the rate they're going, it seems they too will have a relatively easy option of converging iOS and OS X as Microsoft is clearly planing with W8 and WP8.
However, Apple is doing it at a much slower pace. Also, Apple aren't going all out like Microsoft with some of the stuff they still haven't fully figured out. For example, Apple still don't see direct touch on the display a feasible option on laptops and desktops, so they haven't added that. Microsoft have you straining your arm trying to touch your 27"AiO Dell. :-/