+ 1 Votes What Do You Want to Do? miketarlton 2 years ago One point missed in the prior comments is that Windows 8 offers a unified OS. You will be able to use it on your desktop, laptop, netbook, and even tablet. The Windows 8 Metro interface is patterned after the Windows Phone 7 OS. If you use multiple platforms, it's very helpful, and reduces the learning curve, if they all have the same look and feel. Win8 does NOT have to be used with a touch screen. The Metro interface is optimized for that, but you also have the classic desktop that works just fine with a keyboard and mouse.