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.
First, businesses can continue buying W7 on desktops and laptops for years so they don't need to endure the pain MS is forcing on consumers. Secondly, most consumers don't have IT staff to reconfigure a poorly design UI to make it tolerable, nor should they have to.
Yes, it is easily within MS's ability to correct W8 by restoring the classic desktop option that was already in the early developer preview. That doesn't require a major service pack update. It could be given to W8 users today.
If MS takes Metro away from W8 for desktop users what remains is mostly W7 minus Windows Media codecs and the free MS Essentials already built-in. Hardly much to be excited about but at least W7 is a very reliable and useful product.
Nobody is forcing anything on anybody except you trolls that can't leave good people alone that like & use M$FT products,if you don't like them that's fine use what you do like & go cry some where else......