Microsoft is really divided internally over it too, especially since that memo went out mandating Windows 8 use for official projects
What pissed me off is that they removed almost all of their gadget links for Windows 7, because they want to push developers to make stuff for Windows 8. There were some decent ones that I can't find working links for anymore thanks to that.
That's one of the reasons that letting MS be in control of such things is a bad idea. Much like EA, they tend to "force retire" previous versions if they want people to adopt the current one.