I've never been afraid to adopt a MS tech. Silverlight still works fine and it's easy to convert a SL app to XAML/Windows. WCF works fine still and it's not that difficult to port that stuff over to WebAPI or ServiceStack. Maybe you're rather not have innovation.
"I have only seen Win8 once, and was unable to help the owner of the laptop it was on in do anything at all."
So you're not a tech person then, can't use google? My Dad is computer illiterate and upgrade to W8 from W7 without any help. How do people survive on Max OSX without a start menu? I think people like to complain about nothing.