That was funny as hell I don't mind saying. They sure attended to that little gaffe fast.
I got it for 16, and 16 is no real challenge. 200? I'd be inclined to laugh at anyone paying 200 bucks for ANY form of software regardless of what it did.
Is 8 good enough for 200? Nope, not even close. Is it ok for 40? well it's a simple question, do you want to pay 40 now, or 200 later?
Do you really believe you can get by with 7 or earlier until 9 comes out? Are you looking forward to not being able to format and re install (without it being a real hassle that is) if that situation should ever come up? Have you ever formatted a computer and reinstalled the OS before though? If not, odds are you are unlikely to need to budge on this.
Go on using 7 if it is working for you. My desktop is still using it. But if the day comes the desktop needs to be formatted and the OS re installed, I am likely gutting it for parts and letting it die.
The last time I installed 7, even though it is only a couple of years old now, it was just enough hassle I have no desire to do it again. Too many drivers changed, too many patches arrived, too much work following installing the OS.
None of that happened when I installed 8.
But there is only so much about 8 that is 'cool' really. And most of that 'cool' belongs on a tablet, not my laptop.