Francis from Maryland writes:
In keeping with the article regarding people not wanting to switch from Win. 7 to 8 or going back to 7. Why did Microsoft not make available lower cost touch screen monitors available to desktop win. 8 users to make it easier on them to switch? Given that the operating system was created for touch screens? Makes good business sense to me. If a Win. 7 OS buyer has to pay 600 to 800 additionally they won’t want the OS.
Francis, Microsoft doesn’t manufacture or sell monitors, and truthfully a desktop touchscreen monitor is no where near as convenient as a touchscreen might be on a tablet or laptop. There’s way too much reaching involved. The idea behind Windows 8 was that it could be used either in the desktop mode with a mouse and keyboard or the metro/modern mode with touch-friendly devices.
When I use my Windows 8.1 device in desktop mode, I don’t often touch my touchscreen. Microsoft did significantly reduce the price of Windows 8.1 to manufacturers (giving it way in the case of smaller tablets) to encourage the production of many low-cost laptops and tablets running full versions of Windows 8.1