Why the negative vibe on this release??? It seems pretty solid to me.
*puts on professional rendering developer hat*
The release is solid, don't get me wrong, the only issue I have is what features are going to end up going back to Win7? This hasn't been addressed anywhere at all and so from a 'use it in the real world' stand point, much like 11.1, it's a great big unknown.
To be honest most of the things I could live without, but Tiled Resources is a BIG thing because it brings a feature parity with both the up coming consoles.
As much as I like using Win8 at home and will update to Win8.1 pretty much right away the fact of the matter is that Win7 represents a very large market share still and will for some years yet so unless features are also avaliable on Win7 you will get a 'meh' reaction as they aren't overly fessible to work with/use.