Personally.. I like Windows 8! I think it was a good move, however there were still many people who were stuck in Windows XP and wanted to upgrade to something that would be somewhat similar. Which Windows 8 was not.
However, if you want a nice, clean, stable OS, then Windows 8 is a really good option! It really isn't that difficult to learn how to use the Start Screen.
I guess we'll just see how Windows 10 plays out.