I expect windows 8 to sell extremely well long term
XP expires-windows 8/9 is in. Windows 7 sales will be dropped with windows 9 which will be in about 2 years. Windows 8 isn't as bad as the media is saying-they are just freaking out when they see metro. Load classic shell and all your issue go away. It's GNU and free and very secure code. With SP1 I expect MS to ask you is this a touchscreen device or not? If yes, desktop comes up automatically on boot up. I love windows 8 myself on my laptop and desktop. If you have a great IT support person-Windows 8 isn't something to be shunned but welcomed with major security updates and an IT guy who will make it work like you're comfortable with.
I agree,IMO people are always wary of new things plus most of the people that are complaining the loudest have never even tried it or given it a chance.I remember when Xbox came out, same nonsense but MSFT has made a very successful business out of it & made the critics eat crow.