|Part of my job is that I am a consultant to a few small companies - loosely termed as IT but often a very varied remit, & as a part of that I have had to find out what new developments are all about. |
I'm old enough to have been brought up on DOS - in fact the original language I used at university was 'Fortran' - this was in the days when coding was done onto cards, you booked computer time to test it and 24 hours later were rewarded or disappointed to find whether or not your were successful.and, having gone out of the industry for a few years after graduating I swore I would never use a computer again until they could speak the same language I spoke.
When Windows came along, it was a breath of fresh air and the fact that users could start interacting with computers by just pointing at icons was great. At the time, because there were always instances when it was quicker to use a keyboard shortcut, or even necessary if the serial mouse driver failed to load, then they were just an assumed 'extra' which could be used but didn't need to be. As a result, by the time you get to XP Windows shortcuts, although still there, were rarely mentioned except amongst 'geeks'.
So now we come to Windows 8, the current pinnacle of Microsoft's OS's and what do we find? They have produced an OS that is so obviously designed for touchscreen use - I love Windows 8 mobile & actually think it is far superior to the god-like iphone - but if you go into any store at the moment, you will find the vast majority of laptop and desktop systems having Win8 installed still come with a keyboard and mouse, simply because manufacturers have not embraced the brave new world of Windows 8 and, as a result, are forced to use it primarily with a rodent.
So going back to my original comment, and bearing in mind that I am writing this from the perspective of someone who has to advise companies on whether Win 8 will work for them, do you honestly think I could go into a meeting with a brand new laptop, turn it on, and then start telling the MD 'look at this, bright new, very shiny, but to get it to work you have to press this key combination, then this one etc. etc.
This is the real world that I deal with, not the compromise world that we have gone back to. As a result, I cannot and will not recommend Win 8 to any company that asks me. On top of that, having seen the pricing structure for the Surface, when it does eventually appear, doesn't give me a lot of incentive to push for it then either.
"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd