Well it's long been rumored that Blue comes out in mid-2013, so that's really unrelated to the the quality of Windows 8 (which MS is never going to backtrack on) or the departure of Sinofsky.Guy , just wait , Balmer fire Sinofsky, ( well they say differently but we know, surface don't sell well ) so they get the message, my bet, Windows 8 will have a shorter life than ME
I'm really not seeing it, the average Windows 7 user is going to struggle far more with Linux Mint than they are with Windows 8.Apple? Redhat (or whatever the latest paid/supported version of Linux is called)?
Quite frankly, the great majority of business PC functions could be easily be carried out by Linux. If they've got a major learning debt to pay, why not invest it in something free / significantly less expensive?