Given the direction of the industry, is waiting for Windows 9 (or whatever it ends up being called) really going to give you a step backwards into the desktop environment?
I consider Windows 8.1 stable on my machine. That's a narrow way of looking at it, but it is what it is, YMMV. I don't think Microsoft is going to take a step back and re-work the OS back towards the desktop environment next time around. I'd rather get used to this, and understand that as a repair technician, this is what I'm going to start seeing. I have a reason, almost a need, to get familiar with the operating system, even break it a couple times, and learn how to fix it (my girlfriends laptop has been trouble with Windows 8, but not the fault of Windows/Microsoft, there were problems with the laptop when I got it, used).
I have a hardcore Apple nerd friend, and the funniest thing about him is that he has a Windows Phone. Take that with a grain of salt, but even I've tossed the idea around of moving to a Windows Phone because it really doesn't look bad, and now that cloud data sharing has actually developed, the whole Outlook.com setup works well with Windows Phones, iCloud works well with iPhones, and the entire Google platform works really well with Android phones. And the best part is that to a degree, you can mix and match certain things successfully.
During the initial release, it's great to buy into the super cheap upgrade price, and then you can use it whenever you want. When I first bought Windows 7, I didn't install it for almost a year, but I ended up paying $9.99 for it. When I went for Windows 8 for $14.99 really wasn't much thought. The keys don't expire because I don't use them right away, and even the Media Center keys can be used. Being an early adopter can pay back short term, but buying in later is where so many people think it's a waste of money. It's all how you look at it. I may not be right, but it's saved me a lot of money comparatively.
As far as the gaming aspect goes, why don't you find the split between gamers who don't have a problem, and gamers who do, and out of those who do have a problem, what is pedantic, and what is a hardware or software issue, and see where the problems are. I'm sure that could change things. My word is far from the last, but that goes for everyone else as well.
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