Looks like there will be no SP2 for Windows 7:
Despite W7 being in full support until 2015 and extended support until 2020. Oh boy, this will be fun to install W7 in two years and then installing the 300+ updates.. and what about the gazillions of post SP1 hotfixes? Are they seriously expecting everyone move to W8? EVEN BUSINESSES? Hey, boys and girls, if you expect businesses to move then you shouldn't optimize the GUI for social-crap primarily.
So, the new product is just a worse deal for a lot of user cases and the reliable older product gets ditched at a phenomenal rate (even the badmouthed Vista got a lot more respect from MS when Windows 7 appeared - it got Service Pack 2 in the same year as W7 RTMed and has received the Plattform Update at the W7 release)
So it's not only about the good old traditional desktop-Windows customer, it really looks like the want to annoy (and lose?) the business consumers as well.
Apple envy too much? Fact is, especially for business Win8 is FUBAR. Just the training costs alone.. and for what? Apps like Win 8 mail? I thought Microsoft's strategy was going experimental with W8 on the consumer and tablet front but keeping serving and tending W7 for the enterprise and professionals. That dual strategy would make sense for now. But with moves like this they are annoying their biggest customers to no end for no good reason.
Are they really this delusional that they think W8 is really this awesome that even business users will love it in its current form? Really?