A person I spoke with at Microsoft Sydney
The tea lady...
No, it was a support person who was assisting me with a purchasing issue, and due to there being a delay in some information he required, there was time to chat a little, and me being the inquisitive one, probed him for answers on Win 7 and 8, the direction Microsoft is taking.
XP survived supported for a decade. 7 will likely do the same....so 2015 is pure bull.
And here we go again, the "I'm afraid Win 7 will disappear" dance. Nobody said Win 7 was going was going away in 2015. As I stated previously, support will start winding down towards the end of 2014, meaning non-essential updates will begin to cease, and by mid-2015 Win 7 will continue to receive security updates but that's all. So how you get that it's going be fully retired out of that beats me. Put another way, as a businessman, would you keep throwing money at old products when you have something that's new and improved? Exactly, and Microsoft simply wants to pool its resources to embrace the future of computing, not the past.
The only reason I'll be loading 8 is to keep up to speed with SD's stuff....no other reason what-so-ever.
...and it won't be on this desktop... I actually need an interface that works...
Now this just says to me that you've not even installed Win 8, much less tried it/given it a fair go. Yup, it's deja vu all over again... the "Vista's a pig of an OS and Win 8's no better" dance.
I mean, it wouldn't be so bad if the people saying this kind of thing were actually qualified to do so, with at least some quality time to get to know the OS, but alas. it's the same old thing in most cases: "My cousin's sister works with a guy who knows somebody whose sister's boyfriend said it was no good because his boss's son said it sucked shite."
Like I said earlier, all this pissing and moaning about Win 8 is aggravating to say the least, particularly when the loudest gripers have had little or no experience to qualify their comments. More annoying will be when Win 9 is released, Win 8 with a couple of refinements, and all the detractors come out singing its praises, saying it's the best thing since sliced bread. It happened with Vista to Win 7, and it's happening again.