If Microsoft does unite its smartphone and tablet operating systems, where does that leave Windows? Will Microsoft see the light and once again turn it into an operating system primarily designed for traditional computers rather than tablets?
I certainly hope so. The issue is not just that Windows 8 is awkward to use on traditional computers without touch screens. It's also that the operating system is getting dumbed down, particularly the apps written for it. I've looked at countless Windows 8 apps and have been thoroughly underwhelmed. They lack the power and sophistication of desktop apps, because they're designed to be quick-and-easy touch apps for tablets, not deep-dive applications for desktops and laptops.
That hurts Microsoft, because one of Windows' greatest strengths has been its massive ecosystem of powerful applications. By pushing developers to create simple, lightweight apps, that strength goes away.