re: Is Windows 8 Too Risky For IT?
Note to the GUI designers at Microsoft - being able to do all sorts of whiz-bang graphical stuff in the GUI is great... for the home user. For business, I don't want my computing horsepower (resources) wasted to render something like Aero or even that annoying Clippit thing from the older versions of Office.
If you REALLY want to consider what the next generation of GUIs should look like, perhaps you should take a look back to the past for a second. Dig up some screenshots of IRIX (my personal favorite), OpenLook or even Windows 3.1.
I have to wonder if any of Microsoft's GUI designers even recognize those products, or remember the names. Way back in the day when computing power and screen real-estate cost real money, our systems didn't get cluttered up by all of this junk that doesn't do the user a damn bit of good aside from offering some eye candy and helping our systems turn cold air into hot.
As it is, I've switched all of my Windows 7 systems from Aero back to the Classic View (although, oddly enough, some applications don't follow that setting anymore). And honestly, I'll look at Windows 8 (you have to, in this profession at least), but I doubt that I'll be formatting and rebuilding my systems from scratch. There's no value in it - what do we gain from it, honestly?