Not everyone is jumping into Win 8. I'm definitely not. And, based on what I've been reading elsewhere, I have a lot of company. Keep in mind this is a geek site and many of the members here, besides a desire to be on top of the latest technology, many have a need to do so because they work on other people's machines. From what I've read about Win 8 (and I've fooled around with a friend's win 8 machine), the UI formerly known as Metro is too cumbersome for my needs. It's great for people who use tablets or use their computers for email, social networking, light web surfing, etc. but for serious productivity, it gets in the way. There are ways to get many of Win 7's features back with third party programs but why bother with that when Win 7 already has them? Besides, I already have two retail copies of Win 7 Ultimate and one retail copy of Win 7 Home Premium. Win 7 meets my needs so I'll probably stick with it until its last dying gasp 01/14/2020. I have no problems with new technology but only if it actually benefits me and at a price I'm willing to pay.
I'm sticking with Vista until I no longer can. Have used Win 8 DP and CP versions and saw nothing of much interest to a non touch screen user, also have an Android Tablet which is kind of similar in a way, but could never imagine using a (mini) mouse with it.
Some things are just designed for a certain kind of operation.
Just my 2 squids worth.
@ GS. The only problem with that is M$ support still ends for Vista and I seriously doubt the AV and malware folks will continue to write definitions for it. You could buy one or more copies of a retail version of Win 7 now while it's still available but that would be kinda expensive for only three more years of life. I have no clue what I will do once Win 7 gives up the ghost; I'm hoping (more like praying) M$ will wake up before then and realize they need to resume supporting serious computer users, such as businesses, gamers, etc.
On the same note as what you are hoping for, someone has come up with a way to take the UI (including the Start Menu) from a copy of Win 7 (preferably legal) and add it to Win 8, giving some of the best of both worlds.