Zod's comments make me wonder, "Is there anything Microsoft could do for Win8+ (9? 10?) that would make me feel compelled to update to the next Windows?"
Short of the conspiracy to change or insert hardware, that is.
Not really. Maybe these new waves of Video standards (HEVC) will force hardware changes on me (37 hours! But jeepers, like "12 hours" is so much better! "I'll do that ONCE in my life..."), but I still don't like dumbing down MY processes because of the UI.
I use my photo and graphics editors for the same results I've needed for 15-20 years. My needs haven't changed. And I don't foresee a needed New Result or some new service.
So, why do I have to change MY learned graphics skills to compensate for a UI that wants to override Corner-and-Edge-Of-Screen controls? I don't want to! The UI should not force me to compensate for a spreadsheet's distant 'corner cells' on screen, nor should it disallow me to drag a Clone Brush from one corner or the other.
I'll certainly make the move to W8.1 on the 3 machines that use them, undoubtedly in a staggered time-frame, though. But until they return MY user controls for screen-objects - when I can control the colors and locations of MY useful services, I don't have any reason to compel me to change my XP and W7 boxes to a newer OS. Why go backwards? Why make sacrifices for something that's merely new but less useful?
And please, Mr. Next Ballmer, take those fonts away and let me control MY own Fonts List.