Re: the craziest thing about it is
if they had delivered an OS that was basically Windows 7 with the back-end changes and upgrades, I'd have bitten the bullet already.
I think many were expecting MS to do the obvious and logical after the Win8 fiasco and simply drop the Win8 source code, revert to the archived Win7 source code and then roll forward implementing only those changes that did not change the UI or remove Win7 compatibility.
So that would of meant everyone trashing their Win8 developments, but at the time very little actually ran on Win8 that didn't also run on Win7.
But then that was to be expected since they showed a total lack of real business acumen and end gamed XP instead of bringing out XP R2...