Agree with you there, luckily you can opt out. I suppose this is Microsoft bending to pressure, moron users who can't manage anything unless it's all in one place, can't remember more than one password, etc.
It's going to be a LONG time before power users can put all their data on the cloud and manage and work with it at acceptable speeds, but, people who use a computer for the sole purpose of talking rubbish on twitter and facebook may find these features very useful.
Well just to have a peak I did change my windows 8 login from a local account using my hotmail account, I don't use it for anything now anyway.
i found the Apps limited, certainly for email as it only shows the last few emails and I can't find anyway of going to older emails.
I don't really trust the cloud to be honest I know i use lastpast for my passwords, but that is only after a lot of research.
i can't find a app for twitter or facebook unless the people app is for that,
Desktop machine now powered by windows 7 pro 64bit , laptop by ubuntu
On ADSL24 using C&W network.