You always make the assumption that the billions of PC users want touch screens on their PC. But that is not so.I've said this before and I'll say it again, you don't need a mouse with a touchscreen. If you do, you honestly are doing it wrong or doing something wrong. Never had to use a mouse, never felt like I needed one, and won't ever. Why? I don't know, maybe I'm doing something right.
Touch screens on PCs make some sense for people with disabilities, children at the kindergarden age and Orangutans.
Touch screens do, however, make a lot of sense for smartphones, small tablets, Garmin navigation screens, small screens on cameras and anything else that is being used away from the desk. Plus for businesses that employ associates that cannot count to 10.
Neither of my laptops have touch screens. Nor does my desktop box.
Nor will their replacements.
Touch is a wasted technology on 'real' computers, and is useless for doing anything productive.
Nothing I do is made easier by using touch, and many things are rendered impossible.
A mouse/101-keyboard combo is BY FAR the most efficient way to operate a computer.
Touch is not, it doesn't even come close, and will not become a satisfactory alternative for serious users.
Touch is akin to flicking through pages in a magazine or the like, handling a finished product. Touch is not for producing the content of the magazine ie composing the text, cropping and aligning photos etc.
That's why the mouse and keyboard, predominantly, are essential for those who create content, not consume content.
Quite honestly the link was to get some here to think past their noses. Just because we use a traditional means of navigation, doesn't mean there's not a better way.
I think the human finger, hand gestures, or body motions for that matter to be the fastest way of navigation or interacting with a system. Look at the technology of Kinect.
Some here state that a touch monitor to navigate with a desktop PC is absurd, but then you state it's ok on a pad or a laptop, so therefore I'll assume that you must see the advantages of touch. Yes? No?
I've read anywhere from "My arms will tire" to "We shouldn't sit so close to the monitor" to "I'll go blind" to all sorts of stuff. As to the first one, lower the desktop or raise the seat/chair. Who says it has to be at traditional levels? Tilt the monitor more. Who says it has to be at the traditional angle? As to all of them, we'll shove tablets and phones in our face, yet we're going to complain that a monitor is too close? I don't understand that at all.
Bottom line about 8.....I'm a shortcut keys user. I dare say I get around in 8 much faster than 7. I dual boot so I trained myself to use the mouse with 8 and 7 for a few weeks each. Guess what? 8 won so far as I'm concerned. Why is that you may ask? The Start Screen/All Apps versus the Start Menu/Taskbar.
Those are my test findings and thoughts, but hey. That's me.
I think Windows 8 also needs a head bobbing detector, with maybe a tongue sensor included. Thus all major body parts can be integrated into a seamless device control system.
Its a strawman argument to claim that touch is bad because the keyboard and mouse are going away as options for input. They aren't. Touch is simply a different method of input, and generally much faster and far more efficent for those things like you say.. consuming content, of which happens a lot on the PC.
And in case you guys haven't been noticing, more and more people are coming around to the fact that the 10" form factor is going to be owned by the convertibles. They won't have the same adoption rate as the tablets due to price, and generally it will take longer for adoption given the life of laptops. But even Apple is starting to get their act in gear and have the iOS and Mac teams actually in the same room.
Why? Its probably exactly what you think.
At some point in the near future they're going to want a touch-enabled macbook air that can run the iOS ecosystem and compete at 10". In doing that, OS X has to be updated to support it, at which point you get touch on the Mac by default. Who knows.. they might even have a breakaway keyboard :P.
See, thats the thing here... touch had to come to make Microsoft Surface tablet products possible. And if they were going to update Windows, you simply got PC compliance as part of the deal.
But really.. just sit back and watch... no way Apple cedes the 10" arena to Microsoft & their OEM Friends. At least they have plenty of money to throw into it.
My tablet and my smartphone both have touchscreens. However, like the vast majority of people, neither has win8 on it. My touchscreens both have android. I cannot foresee that changing, regardless of what ms does. It's not impossible, just not likely.