In an interview, Nadia Steere, who directs Intel's marketing and corporate relationships with Microsoft, said that "people want touch on a PC." The function isn't just an appeal to users, she elaborated, but to developers as well.
"Seeing the software companies coming back to optimizing and writing for Windows," she remarked, "is what reinvigoration is all about: getting people excited to go invest in this ecosystem."
Indeed, though the lead-up to Windows 8 frustrated at least some developers, touch-optimized apps are a growing part of the OS's apps catalog, promising more intuitive operation, improved productivity and new ways to use content.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.