Noob Whisperer
While this doesn't necessarily pertain specifically to Windows 8 it is well worth a few moments of your time.
The summary provides some candid insights into some inside Microsoft history.
May actually have to see if I can find that August issue at my local Walgreens or somewhere just to see if there is more to the full article.

This website is not affiliated, owned, or endorsed by Microsoft Corporation. It is a member of the Microsoft Partner Program.