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Readers share whether or not they agree with Doug that Windows 8 really does need a touch screen for optimal use:

I don't entirely agree with your assessment of the need for touch screens on the desktop.  I find using a mouse with Windows 8 instead of a touch monitor quite satisfying. 
In fact, I like to use a mouse on my Surface RT better than like the touch screen.  (Maybe that's just me!  I hate fingerprints on the screen.)  I haven't played with Hyper-V yet but the free VMware Player works well with Windows 8.  I did all my testing with Windows 8 CP/RP with the VMware Player.  

(And I don't see any problems that are being reported with Hyper-V.)  Licensing is a problem but I would not use unlicensed code in a production environment anyway so...

I think the absence of ADS with Windows RT is a two-fold strategy for Microsoft.  First, it discourages the enterprise from investing in the Surface instead of going to their favorite Windows OEMs for Windows 8 Pro.  Second, if the enterprise wants Windows RT instead, Microsoft can offer the enterprise a whole new set of management tools for the Surface RT. 

Not sure what the fuss is about. I use Windows 8 all the time without a touch screen and have had no problems. I have also installed Windows 8 on new computers for clients who I thought would say no to it -- again no-one has any issues. The new start screen is fine with a mouse and the desktop is just as they know it. In fact people seem to quite enjoy the new start screen and apps.

I totally disagree, Win8 works fine on a desktop/laptop once you learn how the mouse is used. And also knowing some of the main hotkeys does not hurt either. A touch screen would be nice but is not needed, and articles like this give users a misguided view of Win 8. I personally am upgrading my home desktop and my parents desktop, and think that once they get used to it my parents will like Win 8 better than Win 7. Just like any new OS there is always a learning curve and I think that is what most people do not like.
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Posted by Doug Barney on 12/07/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 larry Wisconsin

I liked 7 but didn't see the value of HP's touchscreen. Now with 8 I have great fun cleaning the screen of fingerprints. I've never had so much fun as I've been having with Windows 8 and all the free apps. Games and music and news! I love touching!!

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Steve Cleveland, OH

I don't know if I'm too old or what (~40) but I think that it's gross looking and a pain to use. The people that I've spoken to who like it are also the type of people who would be happy even if (or especially if) their PC booted to a Linux live CD (or they got a free tablet at BUILD).

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Attila T. Hun Gates of Rome

I am really fascinated at M$ attitude that businesses can afford to have a few days, weeks, months of low productivity while employees try to use an ill suited interface for the enterprise.Next time you are doings a sales proposal just tap this! Amazing how little respect M$ has for their customers.

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 John Phoenix AZ

Windows ME...Remember that? Windows 8 is actually Windows ME on crack.

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Jim

I upgraded my home laptop to Windows 8. Took a little getting used to with the touch pad but am pretty comfortable with it now. It does feel faster both starting up and opening programs. I see it as fine for home but not sure I could see using it for work as a network admin. Would stay in the Windows 7-style interface all the time so don't see the point.

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 chad utah

I use Windows 8 on a Mac (BootCamp). It works awesome with Apple drivers. I would prefer to have a touch screen, but Apple's big touch pad works extremely well. I don't use and have no need a mouse. I love both OS/X and Win8 on my Mac. I develop for Android, IOS and Windows Phone.

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