Windows 8 was never (primarily) about driving PC sales for the
2012 holiday season. It’s a long bet on a future in which most
PCs have touch capability and many of them are tablets. As such,
any current conclusions about how it’s doing are hopelessly
But why put the touch/tablet UI on all PCs? A touch-optimized UI makes no more sense for a non-touch desktop than a desktop UI makes for a tablet. Apple has it right: a touch UI for touch devices, a pointer UI for pointer (trackpad, mouse) devices. Windows 8 strikes me as driven by dogma — “one Windows, everywhere”.
★ Saturday, 17 November 2012