The other thread, we've got lots of people talking about why they will refuse to use Windows 8, why Windows 8 is a bad idea, why touch won't work on the desktop. This article, and the video, illustrate just how well it can work. The truth is that I use it as a hybrid device in the role of a desktop machine. Once I added the touch-screen, I stopped using the mouse for the most common gesture activated activities... it just feels far more natural to reach up and do it on the screen as opposed to using a mouse. It is faster. It doesn't hurt your arm... it is a logical way to interface with your PC, even on a desktop.
But that doesn't mean you *can't* use Windows 8 with a non-touch enabled device. If you've only got a mouse and pointer solution, it works fine. If you want to pony up the extra dough for a touch-screen interface or a high end Logitech touch-pad that mimics touch-screen interaction, you'll probably find those solutions are what you prefer. As Windows has been doing for nearly 30 years, the platform offers the flexibility to work around your style and preferences. This is unlike the leading competitor - they've maintained for the last 30 years that the best way to do things is the way *they* tell you to do. It is all about your personal preference at this point. Do you want something simple and fool-proof where you are *forced* to only color within the lines, or do you want something more powerful and flexible where you have to think a little more about what you're doing? Really - when you boil it down like that - nothing has really changed at all.
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