Metro interface in Windows 8 is amazing. It’s certainly advanced the field of gesture-based computing. The pen-based handwriting recognition just plain works. The ability to run two apps at once in snap state is spectacular. (I can’t wait to use MLB At Bat while web-browsing, for example.) Metro apps are also ridiculously easy to develop and, thanks to the built-in Windows Store, easy to sell. There’s a very low bar to entry to make and distribute great-looking gesture-based apps that accomplish all kinds of tasks. They’re are going to be loads of them, doing very interesting things, produced by people who have never before made an app. It’s profound.
If you’re not intrigued by Windows 8 and Metro, if you can’t recognize that it’s a big leap forward, if you’re not excited about what it means for you, personally then you don’t really care about technology; you care about brands. You care about platforms. You care about politics. You’re a fanboy.
These things are making US the greatest country in the world: competition with order, creativity and decency. China has competition more fierce than US but not order, creativity and decency.