affiliated with Microsoft or some other legitimate company...
I am sorry, so do you think Microsoft is a legitimate company? ... they are the worst crooks of them all.
For the first time in the history of the PC, Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows ecosystem for which they will be the sole software distributor. If you buy Windows 8, the only place you will be able to download software that integrates with its new user interface will be the official Windows Store. Microsoft will have complete control over what software will be allowed there.
Keep those Win 7 disks handy and mostly worry about anything from Microsoft.