I've recently got a Windows 8 laptop and the first thing I did was install a star menu and start using it as a normal desktop. I'm planning on installing Ubuntu at some point and trying to get used to having a linux desktop instead. I don't like the idea that to use Windows you have to be locked in to that tablet interface. A touch interface is all well and good but I don't have a touchscreen on either my desktop or laptop and it isn't suited to that sort of environment.
As for always on, again it's something I don't want. Yes my consoles may be always online as it is and my connection my be 99% reliable but I don't want to have to rely on my connection being up or their servers being up in order to play a game.