Dennis from Texas writes:
This is not a question. It is a statement. I have worked on a number of Windows 8 and 8.1 machines. After experience with both, I believe if you are buying a new PC, be sure to get the touch screen. Windows 8 and 8.1 were designed for use with a touchscreen and whether you buy a laptop, a hybrid, a smartphone or a tablet with Windows, you will find a touchscreen on all but the laptop (touchscreen is an option). If you buy a laptop get a touchscreen.
A desktop because of the distance from your keyboard and hands, is a little unwieldy with a touchscreen, but if you start using the touch you will find it easier to maneuver within Windows 8 and 8.1.
As stated many times, Windows 8 and 8.1 are a good system. You just have to take a little time to get familiar with it. From the introduction of Windows through Windows 7, the changes have been small and progressive. The change to Windows 8 and 8.1 is a leap, but one that is worth it.
Dennis, I agree with you all of your points. The Windows 8 and 8.1 experience is much-improved with a touchscreen device. To anyone purchasing a new laptop, I’d suggest a touchscreen or to consider a tablet with an attachable keyboard. Many Windows 8 and 8.1 apps have been nicely optimized for touchscreen. I am especially fond of the Bing News and Bing Food Apps. The Metro version of Internet Explorer is really my favorite browser to use on a touchscreen.
I also agree about desktop monitors. I’ve found I don’t use the one with my desktop very often, though I move interchangeably between touchscreen and keyboard with my laptop. But most of my work involves writing on a keyboard, so it could be a different experience with other programs.
I will reiterate that a touchscreen is not required for Windows 8.1. I will also once again tell people that a touchscreen is nothing to fear. I’ve noticed that a lot of users are very wary about touchscreen devices. You get used to them very quickly and will soon be pressing screens that aren’t touchscreen-enabled looking for a response.
I am old enough to remember when the mouse first came into wide-spread use. A lot of computer users didn’t like that interface very much either. I will say the same thing for both Windows 8 and touchscreens: Give them a fighting chance.
And if you have any questions about either, ask them here.