Excerpt from a stark Windows desktop reality check; on a related note, see Microsoft’s Surface Business Has Lost An Estimated $1.7 Billion Since Debut (Business Insider)
"It's clear from all this that Microsoft has given up on Windows 8. And that's the right thing to do. Windows 8's uptake is even slower than the bomb that was Vista. Net Applications figures show that Windows 8 actually lost user share in July. This is an operating system that continues to go nowhere fast.Pointless Windows 8.1 Update 2 shows Microsoft has given up on Windows 8 | Computerworld Blogs
Microsoft is doing the right thing. There's simply no way to salvage Windows 8, and Microsoft should be devoting all of its resources instead to making the next version of Windows much better. Leaked Windows 9 screenshots show an operating system that PC users can love, including a Start menu, Metro apps running in resizable windows on the desktop, and more. If you care about Windows, that's what you should be waiting for, not any improvements to Windows 8, because you won't see any serious ones."