Sounds fair for the low cost PC makers, and sounds like it will benefit the loyal customer (as it makes for less junk on the new computer).
Nice; it won't do the trick of course, but nice for people who are using Windows 8.1. I'm using Windows 8.1, well tweaked 'natch (to eliminate every last bit of metro I can).
So yeah, if...
You put up with that for 11 months !? It's funny to read that because you're so tech savvy.
Why not just use an email program e.g. Windows Mail (yes, it works with Windows 8.x), or Outlook...
That would have been a very nice gratuity.
There's a guy who offers an update tool that enables you to download all the updates and store them your-side. Thereafter you can just apply them...
How about the title:
"Let's forget Windows 8.x as Quick As We Can"
with the subtitle:
"Windows 9 can't get here soon enough!"