Actually.. i'm going to flip the script here. Forget about the size of the screen for a minute or the size of the machine and solely consider the functionality. Are you telling me that traditional PC systems that provide an architecture that can run multiple threaded event-driven applications that intercommunicate would in no way be enhanced by the ability to provide a touchscreen interface? As opposed to keyboard and mouse? Like say a sprinkler system. A security system. A system to drive power plants.
Simply being shortsighted in saying that you'll never use touch on a PC with a screen larger than a tablet because the current defacto form factor for monitors makes it impractical is just being silly. Its just a matter of discovering a setup people are comfortable with, and then the world changes.
Bill, I appreciate that you are trying hard. But you will not convince me. For serious work I need the muscle of my desktop and my 22" screen running at 150% DPI.
A tablet for me is a gadget for on the go and my $ 230 Nexus 7 does everything I need to do on the go. I put on my special glasses and keep it half a foot from my eyes and I can even see what's on the screen.
By hell or high water, some are trying to force touch onto those that are more than happy with the traditional mouse/keyboard interface. What is it with some people?
Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770 - Newegg.com
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I'm sure there are plenty of people who could find a use for these things, are you scared of the future or something, you seem to constantly dismiss anything new MS does
If not being forced, why is there no optional desktop, aka Windows 7, available in Windows 8? All of my programs from Office 2010 to Adobe Creative Suite 4 and Lightroom, to my navigation programs, have touch capability on my Windows 7 tablet. But because of the screen size, touch with those programs is pointless unless I magnify the screen to 150-200%.
I don't use apps, and what's available are pretty much rubbish anyway, so I removed Windows 8 and went back to Windows 7. Touch is fine on a phone or small device, but even on my 10" tablet it's far from useful. Even Blackberry acknowledged it's traditional userbase by providing a tactile keyboard on one of its new devices, as that is often far more effective than a touch screen keyboard.