OK So I’ve Had My Windows 8 Touchscreen Laptop For Well Over A Year Now. Anybody wanna Guess How Many Times I’ve Touched The Screen?
Am I alone on this?
I feel like Microsoft built Windows 8 thinking that every device needed to be used in the same way- a desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. I don’t hate Windows 8 as much as when it first came out but I boot directly to the desktop now and avoid the metro UI at all costs. All the laptops you buy now for Windows 8 are touchscreen. Guess what? I don’t want a touch screen laptop. Sure, that’s alright for a tablet where you’re using it to mainly consume content but for a laptop or desktop where you are manipulating images and editing movies, I want real work tools which include a mouse and not a touch screen.
I haven’t touched the damn screen on my Windows 8 laptop unless it was inadvertently. Am I alone on this? Those of you with windows Laptops equipped with touchscreens, do you use the touch screen? I’m not talking about tablets now, I’m talking about a touch screen enabled laptop.
The issue as I see it and I’ve said this from the first time I booted up a Windows 8 machine was that they dumbed down the laptop experience so it would integrate more seamlessly with the mobile and tablet platforms. I would have preferred that they left the desktop operating to be all out productive and powerful for content creators rather than dumbing it down for the tablet marketplace of media consumers.
Over a year in with Windows 8, given the chance I’d opt for a Windows 7 machine. My favorite place to create content and edit for the blog is still on my desktop Windows 7 machine and it’s by a mile. I can do things way more efficiently than any of the other devices or operating systems.
There’s talk of Windows 9 coming out soon, hopefully it will be closer to Windows 7 than Windows 8.