"When Microsoft launches Windows 8 on Friday, it’s hoping to lure both consumers and businesses to use its live-tile operating system. While it remains to be seen whether consumers will be lining up to buy it, one thing is clear – most businesses, large and small, aren’t going to bother. Businesses looking to upgrade their systems now that Microsoft’s support for XP is disappearing will overwhelmingly choose Windows 7, experts say. In fact, most companies have already picked Windows 7 and have no plans to upgrade to Windows 8."
I purchased W8 at the discounted pre-order price for a desktop but after learning how much effort it would take to get W8 to behave even close to W7 I concluded I have no desire whatsoever to have W8 on any desktop or any device other than maybe a tablet. I'm returning the package unopened.
W8 is so awful for desktops that I'll strongly consider using Linux whenever possible.
Hard to believe Microsoft believed this "our way or the highway" mentality was a good idea.
W7 will be the last non-touch OS. The long term move is clearly to touch screens and W8 will likely be the base for that future. Some companies that are on the leading (and possibly bleeding edge) will go to W8 so that the interface on all their devices (phones, tablets, PCs, etc) is the same. It's a solid move by MSFT but let's face it, this company isn't in an explosive growth phase and hasn't been for many a year. Good solid company that will continue to provide decent returns.
What good does a touch OS do for people that have large high-res displays or dual monitors? Even IF they're willing to get greasy fingerprints on their high-res displays - and many aren't - their arms can't reach the edge of the screen. For them, touch is worse than useless, it's an obstacle to productivity.