re: Windows 8 Beats The Mac, Appsolutely
Exactly. Touch is great for basic tasks and content consumption, but it simply can't provide the accuracy, speed and ergonomics when it comes to the vast, vast majority of actual productivity tasks. That so many people seem to be in favor of replacing the entire desktop analogy with this new touch-centric paradigm speaks rather poorly as to what we're using technology for - small and simplistic tasks and consumption of various forms of media. Those tasks are fine, and I have several devices that only serve that purpose. On *those* devices, I want a simple touch based UI, but on devices I use for actual work (you know, the activity through which I actually make money to pay bills), I need a UI that best facilitates that work. And despite the inability of people who presumably don't do that type of work to understand, touch simply isn't optimal for those tasks. As such, I fail to see the desire, demand or need to force everyone into a single UI paradigm for any and all tasks.
If I need to cross an ocean, I don't take my car, and if I only need to travel a short distance, I don't go by plane. Each task is accomplished by the technology that most optimally serves that task.