@warren: First, thanks for your thoughts.
What are your needs that aren't possible with Windows 8? Make a list and share it with us.
I've not asserted Windows 8 is incapable or even bad. It's the Apple'ish eco system that MS appears to desire. In manufacturing and related industries where I often work, there is a growing reluctance to continue or embrace MS products. Forced upgrades, high licensing fees, expensive tools, pushing then abandoning technologies and products, etc. is causing many to look, even move, elsewhere.
Anecdotal I know but it is this observation that promoted my comments. But, again, my crystal ball isn't always reliable