It's OK, the ones who adopts to this OS will be fine. Life is all about change, there are those of us who chooses to remain stuck in the past, & those of us who wants to move forward. That being said, the human brain has amazing capabilities, of being able to adapt to it's surroundings. Like in the workforce, there's always changes. Many doesn't "like" it, but comes to accept it over time.
Come long, many of those old XP machines are going to break down, and some repairs will cost more than the computer is worth. Where are they going to turn? Come this fall, Windows 7 won't be an option, as retail production will end late spring/early summer. Only special orders of Windows 7 will be taken.
I take part of that back. Windows 7 will be an option, but one will have to buy the Windows 8 computer first, then go to Newegg & grab a Windows 7 install disk & COA, of which many system builders will be loading up on, leaving even fewer to choose from. By then, these etailers will be able to charge what they want for Windows 7, just as some legit sellers of XP Pro are selling them for $315. So once Windows 8 hits the market, Windows 7 OS prices are going up, and so will any leftover computers with it installed.
It would be a lot less costly & far more beneficial for users to grab Windows 8 CP, use it & learn. Because there's no turning back. The Windows 7/XP Start Menu & other similar features are going to be gone forever.
And I'm glad of it. We need a new Windows, reinvented from top to bottom. This isn't the mid 90's any longer.