At $40 for an "Anytime Upgrade" I'm very tempted to get Windows 8 within the next month or so before that deal expires, especially with the promise of a more stable, optimized system under the hood. I mean, if the new Metro start screen is the only real "drawback" then I really don't have much to worry about since I'm always using taskbar/desktop shortcuts and keyboard commands anyway....plus having tried out the new UI in stores a few times, it doesn't seem like anything too intimidating to get used to. I have to wonder if the majority of criticisms towards Windows 8 is 1) only because of Metro, and 2) if people have actually used it at all and are just looking for any excuse to once again be angry at Microsoft for the slightest of reasons.
I might just wait things out, though, considering the hardware I have right now. My main hard drive needs replacing soon and I feel like if I'm gonna upgrade to an SSD and a Windows version that supports it I should upgrade more substantially (like a new mobo with DDR3, USB 3.0 and SATA III), so I'll probably just stick to my original plan of getting a new traditional drive for the time being and wait a year for all the kinks/patches to get worked out, and hopefully by that time prices on SSDs and touch screen monitors will be lower.