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Should I bring my customers to Windows 8?

I work with individuals and a few small businesses and my customers are not interested in the latest and greatest and gaming.  They just want to be able to do their work.  

I generally hold off on any new release of Windows.  This worked great with Vista.  It made me a prophet.  I was slow to get customers to Windows 7, which I think is superior to XP.
I'm seeking opinions about Windows 8.  I have a customer who wants me to get a new desktop and laptop for him.  Should I try and get Windows 7 machines or jump into windows 8?
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Al
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Hi.

Maybe the best way to help you make a decision is by showing you why others change their OS' (not only to win8 but in general):

MS Support for their old OS runs out (for win7: end of mainstream support: jan 2015, extended support until jan 2020). Others see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/lifecycle
Win8: 9/2018, extended 10/2023
new hardware devices have no drivers for their old OS (unlikely for 7)
desirable new features (win8 pro: bitlocker in non-ultimate versions, language pack availability in non-ultimate versions, hyper-v, better portable device support, shorter booting time [little effect])
technical enthusiasm
"better together principle": server 2012 works best with win8
cheap upgrade offer for win8 pro (40 USD)
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The question is what does Windows 8 do better than Windows 7?  What does it offer that Windows 7 doesn't?  Is there anything my customer won't be able to do in three years time, some device, some feature that is truly valuable.  Understanding that he's a small business customer and reasonably technical but doesn't do graphics or anything far out of the ordinary.

What is the risk? Vista was hideous.  It was five steps backward. Is there any chance that Windows 8 will be the same?

One last thing.  I remember that it was impossible to find XP machines immediately when they brought Vista in.  They forced everyone to buy Vista machines.  Are they doing that now.  Are there still Win7 machines out there to buy, and for how long?
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I suppose the interface is a big deal if you're into ipads.  If you've used pc's all your life I think it would be a royal pain.  Why does Microsoft always do this?   Why not have the possibility of either the old or the new interface?  
Thanks for all your help.  It greatly clarified my choices.
Al