Still a little ways to go though at this point the Microsoft Titanic has taken on too much water, I'm surprised the lights are still on.
You're kidding, right? The Windows install base is somewhere around 1.25 billion machines. The closest competitor, OS X, is somewhere around 50 million.
The last two versions of Windows have been adopted slowly; they mostly follow the trend of new computer sales. 80% of Windows installs come from new computer sales.
Microsoft isn't worried about Windows 8, because the people that will be using it will have it installed on computers (or devices) designed for it. They have the largest and best OEM certification program in the world for computer hardware.
I'm not a Microsoft apologist, but damn, sometimes I think people around here forget that they're talking about the company that basically brought to market the PC desktop on a mass scale, not some kid developing some tiny piece of software in their basement.
its still a device they need to support.
They will. Just like Vista had a "classic start menu" checkbox, Win8 will do the same, despite the sky-is-falling press you're seeing now.
I want that laptop that turns into a tablet! What brand is that?
IBM/Lenovo has had them for the past 7 years or so.