re: Windows 8 Beats The Mac, Appsolutely
The real issue here is the "bet the house" approach that MS has offered up in the Metro, ACK! I mean Win 8 or, WTF as it may as well be called.
Having seen the toileting effect of "we have the greatest marketshare, and we can't lose" that RIM has borne out, MS needs a hail mary pass to offset the end game from coming to Redmond.
That being said, the presumption that they can make a product that doesn't suck, is a bit of a reach, and that the early adopters will, as MS always demands, become the beta testers for the actual product.
If users are to evolve from the iteration of mouse/keyboard as originally conceived in the Xerox PARC world we now live in, it will take on new forms, to be sure.
And since the Icon scrolling touch interface has made Apple rich, and Samsung the loser in it's cloning of that interface, MS is right at taking a new tack.
I know it will sell, but will it change the world? Probably not. It's too late, the concept of making a new eating utensil to usurp the ubiquity of knife, fork, spoon is pretty much inconceivable. That is the same issue that MS faces.
Is what they have so much further ahead, easier to use, and immediately adoptable that all others will bend to them?