This whole issue with Windows 8 being the future is relative. We must think about the fact that, Windows 8 is supposed to be the future of computing. irregardless of how you look at it, Windows 8, the surface pro & RT systems are purely Microsofts(MS here on out) own "vision" of what they perceive as the future while, at the same time, trying to stay relevant to the PC and now tablet markets. I've used Windows 8 on a high end performance laptop from Toshiba, a firm that manufactures more professional lines of laptops for businesses. at any rate, Windows 8 is trying to be "everything to everyone" but is everything to the tablet crowd. They have left out the Laptop and PC crowd. Yes, we can install the several "apps" to have a start button yes, the issue in the greater sense is that, they left it out on purpose because MS thought honestly that, they could shift their market and their loyalty crowd to "fit" into what MS envisions as the "future of computing." Above all else, this is just a gamble with hopes that this vision catches on.
MS did not count on such backlash as OEM builders, lack of enthusiasm and lack of systems that support touchscreen technology. I've heard OEM's might regard the Windows 8 system touchscreens as "not cost productive." OEM's are businesses themselves and have a bottom line to protect and not bowing down to MS means that; 1.) OEM's weren't consulted with about getting on board or about what it would cost these companies to produce end user systems. or.. 2.) MS did consult OEM's and they felt it wasn't cost effective to produce touchscreen systems due to cost issues. Or any other plethora of reasons. they are not embracing Windows 8 as MS probably had hoped.
Another perspective we must consider is that, MS is trying to play catch up and in the bigger picture, are trying to guide the market to a direction in which makes MS competitive again. Wasn't until recently that, MS got on board with cloud computing and storage and are relatively new on the street in that regard. The next issue is Apples iPAD. Microsoft had to make a move of some kind against Apple to garner some of the market since no one really challenged Apple except those producing Android tablets. there was NO MS product to challenge Apple. So MS felt they could bring to fruition, a product that was uni-platform capable that, desktop,laptop and tablet markets could be brought to bare down and take charge. So as OEM's didn't help windows 8 sales, MS developed and hoped somewhere along the line that, Surface PRO and RT would pickup the slack. so attribute that lack luster PC sales means the market is in decline. I disagree. we must not forget, this global market is in tatters. people don't have expendable income to buy that new system as they did before. this goes for businesses too. they too, are trimming costs by using systems already in house or are waiting for a viable cost effective alternative. Alot of companies are trimming staff in the US to save money and running on skeleton crews just to get out of being within the cross hairs of obamacare's mandates(that's a whole different subjectnot for here).
Windows 8 is PURELY MS's vision of what they perceive as their idea of the future of computing. nothing more. Just because MS says this is the future doesn't mean it is, alot of companies find the product isn't the future "catch all" and "product for all" and go back and develop a product based upon sound research by sampling everyday people and their needs and wants, after all... these people are the ones MS is trying to sell their product to.
Windows 8, being a tablet oriented OS, offers nothing to say CAD drafters, or people who used mouse centric systems. I can't imagine how MS can sell windows 8 to a company based on an OS using the Surface Pro and RT in mind
I know alot may say, windows 8 works on my laptop or any desktop, but it is hard to sell a niche OS(it is tablet centered) to a CAD-CAM company based upon the picture above. Companies don't want to waste time buying a product to put a start button or if free, install a start menu in windows 8, let alone, retrain their whole staff on how to use Windows 8. Firms are trying to save money and make money and time IS money. hospitals might benefit from windows 8 and surface systems as doctors and nurses can carry around job related tablets and view xray and medical data and records in one tablet. Some markets as this might benefit.
Some people may have a different take or view but this is what I'm seeing going on around me on this subject. This is just what I see as a possible reason why Windows 8 isn't a game changer as some might have thought. It is a nice OS but it doesn't fulfill the PC markets needs as it does for tablets
Just my insight and opinion!