I'm asking them to address flaws in what they already have that would make their product more valuable. It's called consumer feedback.
"MS has already arrived where technology is invariably heading."
Wow. What a tremendously arrogant assumption. First you credit Microsoft with being the first to use a touch interface. I believe that credit goes to Xerox-PARC and their work with the first stylus, which has been around for 30+ years. And Microsoft wasn't even the first to put out a touchscreen-based, handheld device. That distinction would probably best be given to Palm. Microsoft didn't even pioneer the current iteration of touchscreen-based devices - that would be Apple, who holds patents on several gestures used commonly on touchscreen devices. Microsoft doesn't define the future, no matter how badly they'd like to. Their entire history as a company has been filled with copies of others' pioneering attempts, at which they have been enormously successful. I don't begrudge them that. I obviously USE their products, I just see opportunities for improvement in them that would be valuable to me.
I'm also looking at things from a practical aspect: I spend my days coding, and there isn't a touchscreen or voice-activated device that can do that. Period. Thus my need for keyboard and mouse isn't driven by being backwards, it is driven by necessity. And I don't really see that changing just because Microsoft puts out a new operating system.
I like to call it the segregation of the market into content creators and content consumers. For the content consumers, a touch-based device is probably going to be great for what they do. But I've tried writing a document on one of those virtual keyboards and it was so inefficient as to be laughable. I was getting about 10-15 WPM when normally I'm sitting between 60-75. That's a 5x productivity hit. That isn't the "wave of the future" that's the definition of regression.
You are welcome to love the new interface. Just don't tell me I have to when it means taking 5x as long to get something done. New != better, it just means new. Better means more valuable to the consumer, and as a content creator, losing keyboard and mouse is most definitively NOT a value-creating proposition in my eyes.