re: Is Windows 8 Too Risky For IT?
The problem with W8 is not so much the dysfunctional no longer called Metro UI, which really is just a dumbed down version of the start menu, but that it does not offer anything noteworthy besides the UI change. There is zero benefit in upgrading and doing so will produce excessive expenses. Besides that, almost none of the business office furniture is designed to accommodate touch enabled monitors. So not only will it cost a lot in license fees, but also requires new hardware (touch enabled) monitors, a lot of training, and either extensive rework or total replacement of most office furniture. Yes, I know, W8 can still be used with mouse and keyboard, but then it offers even less incentive for an upgrade. Further, most office work still requires a lot of data entry and typing on a soft keyboard on a touch screen is plain horrible.
Microsoft will still less a lot of W8 licenses, but that does not mean widespread W8 usage. It is the way IT departments have to take to get W7 licenses.