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Will Windows 8 drive sales of touchscreen notebooks?

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    If you are too slow using the touchscreen method in a shooter game you wouldn't be around long enough to use any "shortcuts"?!

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    I have an idea about how this touchscreen thing is going to go for desktops. I agree with well, it looks like just about everyone that you don't want to have to reach out over your keyboard to touch the screen. But I was thinking about that new app that lets people control their windows 8 pc using their ipad -- I think that's where the future lies.

    My guess is that those of us who already use two or more monitors will find it pretty comfortable to just plug in a tablet and lay it on the desk next to where our mouse goes. Word processing, preparing reports, serious data consumption, etc, you would do on your big (non touch) screen. And then you could do inking or drawing on your tablet, and unlike the drawing pads you'd be able to see what you were inking. Plus, if the beast were wireless, you could walk away with your tablet and use it as a remote control to watch movies or control music on your big screen.

    Many of the gestures in windows 8 are big and clunky and could easily be done without even looking at the tablet.

    Wow, I totally want that now.
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    Why would I want to give up two or three monitors to plug in a tablet and be limited to one? While 8 itself will see an improvement in multi-monitor support a portable of any type would only allows for one external display.

    Now as far as doing away the keyboard and mouse i may as well plug in a joy stick or gravis pad and run the OS with one of those. You can easily see where that would be headed.

    Over time the bulk of 8 sales will be leaning towards the portable application far more then it wll see desktop realization. In fact I can see 7 sales picking up sharply once many people finally decide to retire XP or Vista when going to look at 8 and... "what's this?" upgrade to 7 instead!

    I have the feeling that MS realized later they made a champ with 7 that wasn't going to go away anytime soon! So for 8 they looked at the mobile market for the volume of actual sales!
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    Night Hawk, I think you're on the right track. Different people have different uses for their computers, and for some of them, touch screens are unnecessary. Others will do better with them. Because touch screens can use mouse and keyboard, I predict that they are the wave of the future, and within a few years, nobody in the US will be manufacturing non-touch screens.

    But this doesn't exclude Windows 8 in favor of Windows 7, because Win 8 will include the traditional desktop. Right now, I'm using Win 8 with no problems, on a non touch screen.
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    We'll certainly know more about where MS is going with 8 once the RC is out in May! That will provide a much better look at what the finished version will be like.

    For the CP however the constant back to Start screen despite all the point and click is a large distraction rather then a focus on what else 8 will be bringing to the table this time around. With touchscreen you also bring in the onboard keyboard option as well great for all those stand up at and "push yes or no" at service counters which would be seeing a new type in on screen please medium.

    The negative however would be seen by those who still hadn't upgraded from 2000, XP to either Vista or 7 and are suddenly confronted with... what? I would expect the option to auto login to a normal desktop will be something MS will realize is a necessity in order to sell the new version to desktop users not out to buy a brand new OEM machine but upgrade the OS on the present.

    Looking at technology the onscreen capability has been present for ages already without any real focus on it by MS and other software companies as far as the general consumer market is concerned. It's been a small option for businesses and special needs types while not aimed at the typical pc user until now.
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