A Desktop and touch interface. OK, the arguments are there that touch and Desktop DO NOT GO TOGETHER. There's the other argument that Windows 8 is covering too much ground and will loose too many users as it doesn't know what it is. A tablet and a Windows Desktop based operating system do not mix.
I beg to differ.
Now, I was pondering this and I thought of probably the BEST way to explain Windows 8: the iphone. Yes, the iphone. Before said device was released among the masses of consumers, the phone that people used were either flip phones or some iteration of slide or flip or even a simple candy bar shaped phone attached to a cord. Some years before that, a cell phone was what a phone is, you call people with it. You didn't send instant text messages, you didn't take pictures, you didn't listen to music, you didn't watch video, you didn't edit pictures, you didn't go on the internet, you didn't shop with it, you didn't make lists with it, you didn't take idiotic "artistic" pictures of food at an angle and instagram it and post it to facebook, you didn't facebook, you didn't twitter, you didn't IM, you didn't do social networking, you didn't use it as a flashlight, you didn't use it as a mirror, you didn't use it to check the weather, you didn't use it to look like a dolt and ask your phone if it's raining outside when you can clearly see from your window it is clearly raining outside, you didn't use it to check stocks, you didn't overclock the processor, you didn't dual boot operating systems, you didn't use it as a GPS, and most of all, you didn't use it to install apps to make up for your phone's inabilities. You didn't do much with them, just calling.
Moving on past the year 2000 , phones became flipable. Then, an itty bitty megapixel camera came onto them. And just before the iphone, music and video were able to be played on some higher end ones.
Then came the iphone. Say what you want about it (overhyped, featureless, bland, used by brainwashed masses), but it changed almost EVERYTHING about the way we use phones. Now, what you couldn't do before has become what EVERY phone, Windows Phone or android or iphone, has been trying to be: what it's not. A phone isn't a PC. It's not a desktop, laptop, tablet, whatever. A phone isn't used to run millions of different apps, run 9 apps at the same time, and it's not supposed to be used for everything that you would had used a PC before. You're not supposed to print from a phone, but now you can. You're not supposed to edit photos as you would on a PC on a phone. You just don't, but it's what literally a lot of people do everyday. It's the norm, it's the mainstream. Today, if you see someone with a flip phone, you assume they're on a pre-paid plan to save money or if you see a phone that doesn't have an app store; it must be used by your grandmother or someone's mother. Heck, the latest android "phones" have dual core processors, 1 gig of RAM and at least 32 gigs of storage and very soon to make some phones updatable to the next two versions of android; one in particular will have TWO gigs of RAM just to run apps and the OS. A bit later, we'll be seeing quad core phones and MORE RAM. I'll be personally waiting for a Nokia Lumia PureView phone simply for its camera that destroys the purpose of EVERY point-and-shoot digital camera and give some DSLR cameras a run for their money.
So what we have in use today that the mainstream uses everyday is a Frankenstein hybrid, a toaster and a refrigerator: a phone and a PC.
There you have it, and that's how the cookie crumbles.