I too was confused by the 'cheesy' reference to Aero, but I usually disable it on V and W7. I appreciated the honesty that touch in W7 was subordinate to keyboard and mouse, even though I don't use touch and don't anticipate using it anytime soon. What i liked was that it provided something I've been looking for: an explanation for why MS decided Metro was necessary, especially why the didn't make it an 'either / or' interface. I don't agree with some of it, but I didn't expect to. I just wanted to know their reasons.
It's good that other operating systems can meet your requirement. I can't say the same, personally or professionally.
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