I visited Best Buy today (10-23-2012) and did about a one hour evaluation of Windows 8, scheduled to be released this Friday Oct 26, 2012.
After thoroughly test driving here's the bottom line... it sucks! If all
you ever do is surf facebook and get your email, then you might enjoy
it. But if you are a more savvy user, the odds are you aren't going
to like it. You can't go back to Win 7 if you find out you don't like
Win 8, that's BS!!!. If you buy the option on a new laptop to upgrade
later to Win 8 for $14.99, you have 90 days to use it or lose it. You
don't get Win 8 on a disc, it's download only. Again, let me be
clear. Once you upgrade to Win 8, your Win 7 license is nullified.
Also, trying to recover Win 8 after an HDD crash is going to make you
even more dependent upon Microsoft and your retailer. I did not see
any clear advantage to having Win 8 upon a PC or laptop. I'm sticking
with Win 7 for at least a year. After the smoke and mirrors have been
removed I'll take another look... kind of like the election :) LOLhttp://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33153_7-57534248-10391733/why-you-should-buy-a-new-pc-right-now/