I believe some of the posters here are reps (or owners? - sorry!) of some audio PC companies ... just wondering if they might be some of the ones Mr. Walker is referring to?
I suspect one of the DAW builders Martin is referring to is me, and I am not at all concerned about being on record publicly, I have stated it clearly on numerous forums already - I won't be touching it with a barge pole for any of my professional DAW solutions until all avenues with Win7 OEM are exhausted , i.e M.S pull availability, which from what I understand is not going to happen as the Corporate sector will also not touch it with a barge pole either
All of this hyperventilating about how we all need to get jiggly with the new UI, etc, is absolutely bollocks IMO , in short if Windows 8's so called performance advantages do not outweigh Windows 7 by a substantial and measurable amount , its not worth navigating to an O.S that simply has some bolted on overlay UI designed for tactile surfaces.
Never mind many of us can't stand the whole approach.
Getting back to the performance aspect which is our main focus , my testing across multiple DAWbench tests sessions using 3rd party Plugins and VI's on both Cubase and Sonar , performance is identical using and RME HDSpe AIO which I detailed in a thread at G.S ( easy enough to find if interested ). That's not to say there were no caveats, iLok caused all manners of issues, as did Waves CP. Also , its a minefield depending on what interface is being used by the original poster , again outlined in that thread , results were wide and varied.
Of course the posted results raised the shackles of the Cakewalk community as it placed a question mark on their reports of substantial and measurable performance improvements in W8 over Win7 , also I just finished watching Robins video of his side by side comparison where Win8 bettered Win7 in some of his tests , by a bees dick if that, personally I didn't see it but of course Robins tests are no more/less valuable than any of the others.
In short its pretty simple, I'll continue to deliver what I believe will be the better option for my clients for mission critical environments with the available technologies , and to me that still remains windows 7 , the last thing anyone needs is to navigate potential incompatibilities for zero sum gain in performance.
I liked the video Btw, very entertaining, had a good laugh in some spots, you've missed ya calling their Bro... :-)
One point re drivers , well its not only drivers Mate, one example - the RME FF400 which has all the boxes ticked for many years will not work under Windows 8, and it has nothing to do with drivers ( I don't think ) as the FF800 works fine, its more to do with firmware /revisions of the controller on the unit.
The FW stack has totally been rewritten again in Win8 , Joy , so without the signed legacy mode driver in Win8 we are going to get more and more FW interfaces that will not work to spec in Win8, mark my words.
That is one minefield I do not want or need to navigate to get some square tiles on a desktop... LOL