re: Windows 8: Let's Not Plan The Funeral Yet
With Windows 8, MS has raised the bar on 'classic Windows' performance and security, improving upon the solid Windows 7 foundation. However, the move to the tiles interface has been played very poorly.
With 20/20 hindsight, I would have (1) made the default boot sequence land at the classic desktop, (2) given the classic desktop a very similar look and feel to Windows 7 with only improvements that streamline, simplify, and speed the user's experience, (3) used the Windows key to toggle between the classic desktop and the new "Advanced" tiles desktop, (4) given administrators the ability to operate Windows 8 in a Windows 7 compatible mode and work with IT shops to encourage upgrades for security enhancements without having to devour the entire Windows 8 stack, (5) given "power" users the ability to choose their boot sequence default... once they had discovered the joys of the 'tiles' experience, they could tailor their experience to that functionality. This strategy would preserve the major form and function changes as advanced capabilities about which users would hear buzz and eventually seek to master, while not suffering the disorientation of experiencing 'tiles' first with no idea how to work with Windows 8's split personality.
In a computer store recently, I watched shoppers put hands on Windows 8 laptops for the first time... non-touch and touch screens. In both cases, they were completely befuddled. The sales rep didn't help the MS case when - after being asked what computer he used personally - he confessed to recently switching to Mac. Mind you, his job was to sell computers with Windows OS.