New York, NY
This reminds me a little of the Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) approach.
To be perfectly honest I dont much like the idea of it but people had to know that changes were abound when the industry started to trend towards mobile computing. Before long we may be lucky to have any desktop options at all or will have to pay handsomely for it.
The last few systems I built for myself were based on new motherboard and CPU combos. It didnt bother me that Intel kept changing the number of pins for the socket because I always bought the pair (motherboard / CPU). Not one of my recent systems have had a CPU upgrade ranging from Core 2 Quad Q6600, Core i7 920, Core i7 860, Core i5 2500K and Core i7 3930K.
I would have a little less of a problem with it if it were like the K series whereby you pay a little more to get the option. In this case the option would be of having the CPU and motherboard separate.
I don't see the point in bringing Windows 8 in this because it seems totally unrelated to me other then possibly the trend to mobile computing,.....
I can tell you this though, I wanted to see the industry continue in a CPU megahertz race (initially) rather then adding more cores / threads. AMD won me over with their Athlon 64 X2 series though. The industry doesnt always go in the direction we would like to see it go in but that doesnt necessarily mean we wont be pleased with the outcome over time.