"Built my last desktop (((Edit))) with XP Six years (((/Edit))) ago and figure it will last until desktops no longer exist (or are outlawed by "The Corporation").
I designed this entire strategy in 2006 and named my desktop "Twilight" (in the Asimovian sense, not the teen vampire sense!).
Its purpose in 2006 was a review of the Vista debacle, and I spent a fair extra bit of funds including a couple custom chips on quality to get past both what is now Windows 7 (Vista Repaired), and what I intuited but could not possibly have had the vocab for, Windows 8 Metro.
In other words, I desperately need context past Windows 8 Metro, *past the marketing blitz*, to get past what might be a lot more like the Zune rather than Vista 2.
Either way, I have to hold on tight, hoping my hardware doesn't crash, and see what the state of computing is in 2015. That's a lot to ask of my dear ol' workhorse comp, but it's 50 50 odds at least, so I'll try.
You don't hear a lot about Microsoft in the music space lately - after the double crush of both PlaysForSure then Zune, they're hosed. Someone discovered that phones play music, and that was that.
(Never mind my iPhone can't keep a charge on "off" for more than 36 hours, but bleh)
If nothing else, all this Metro crap feels so much like Zune 2. So by 2015 Windows 7 will be right where XP is now, a fading glory. Then MS has to quit "experimenting" (and this time pissing off their core user base?) and decide what Windows 9 means - Return of the Desktop or Metro-or-Die.
THAT is when I will get my next computer.
And if we're not careful, the Chinese have been remarkably lazy, but they could pull a Dark Horse and create a Linux Distro that sinks uBuntu and becomes The Third OS In The Ring.