After trying the windows 8 GUI for an extended period of time I've considered the following for my next computer:
1) windows 7 or xp
2) Wubi Ubuntu or Ubuntu partition
3) Mac with boot camped xp or 7
Truly vista has a successor in windows lineup ala windows 8.
Sad part for everyone purchasing any laptop is that if it ships with 8 your stuck on 8 since oems have promised no driver support and/or warranty void status.
If your a desktop person, your lucky, you can build your own and stick it out with 8.
Also numbers report. Windows 8 hasn't sold as much as windows 7 in the same period of time. So not statiscally a vista (at least not yet) but user experienc wise it's pig in pigs clothing.
BMW and Mercedes Build Beta Products!
Lexus build Release Candidate Products!
Why does this matter?
CAUSE EVERY TIME someone says Lexus has better build quality, one should consider what Toyota their Lexus Engine and chassis platform comes out of and how long that part has been tested in the real world!