I wonder if other organizations are only just getting to Win 7, if Win 8 might become one of those releases that everyone bypasses since they just finished upgrading. That would likely hurt MIcrosoft.
I would expect most organizations (especially large ones) to skip it, just like they skipped Windows ME and Vista... but I don't think that really hurt MS too badly. If there's one thing MS is good it, it's solidifying version 2.
I believe HP also makes a 16X10 24 inch monitor.
HP ZR24w - 1920x1200 IPS panel, roughly $400 on Amazon (when they're in stock). I use one at work and it's a nice monitor.
Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.