I ordered a pair of Sora brifters for my 8-speed commuter. They should be here today. I built this bike up last fall with bar-end shifters and, while I like them, I don't like taking a hand off the hoods to down shift on a hill while being passed by an 18-wheeler. Or anything else, for that matter.
The bar-ends are ultimately reliable, simple, forgiving, and easy to use. I just want the comfort of not having to move my hands.