Internet Explorer 10 runs full-screen by default, it is the core of the Metro interface and runs the show. The Gnome 3 desktop on the other hand is actually nice to use and is not rendered with a web browser, this makes it more attractive and usable. And the plugin infrastructure is in place to enable adding plugins and applets to Gnome 3 just by visiting a website and clicking the one you wish to add. This is about time, I wish my version of Gnome 3 was the required version so that I could use this myself. Time to upgrade I guess. https://extensions.gnome.org/. The website for the Gnome Shell extensions. Rather like the Mozilla addons website. https://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell. More information about the Gnome Shell interface may be found at this website. The only thing I can say about Windows 8 is the fast boot time reported in the December 2011 issue of PC Authority of 8 seconds which is pretty good for a Windows operating system, but if you use suspend to disk with Fedora Core 15, the system can start back up faster than that. And that is nice when you are wanting to get something done and the boot time is annoying you. I switched from Debian Stable to Fedora to be able to use suspend to disk, as well as HDMI sound. the HDMI sound output is crystal clear and well worth setting up if you have the hardware. I hope with the release of Windows 8 they can do something to tackle all the spyware and viruses that Windows is famous for. In conclusion, I prefer the Gnome 3 interface over the Windows 8 Metro design anyday, and Linux is more secure than Windows ever will be.