"I can’t imagine a computer without touch anymore," says new Windows product chief Julie...

"I can’t imagine a computer without touch anymore," says new Windows product chief Julie Larson-Green, reaffirming in an interview Microsoft's (MSFT) commitment to a joint PC/tablet OS remains following Steven Sinofsky's departure. By contrast, Tim Cook asserts iOS and Mac OS will remain separate, and has compared Windows 8/RT to fusing a refrigerator with a toaster. Barclays slashed its Microsoft estimates yesterday due to the lukewarm initial response to Windows 8 and poor Surface sales, though it sees Windows revenue falling at a slower pace than PC sales.

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  • SoldHigh
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    Gimme the refrigerator that also does toast without inhibiting it's refrigerator functions. Better yet, let it wash the dishes, too.
    14 Dec 2012, 05:31 PM Reply Like
  • Sal Marvasti
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    windows rt us unnovative? I have the surface and an ipad abd i cant get rid of either one :( they both have strong points
    14 Dec 2012, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • Dennis Baker
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    "I can’t imagine a computer without touch anymore,"


    She doesn't have to imagine very hard, the majority of Windows 8 systems are sold on non touch screen computers. Right now Microsoft has two operating systems, one for touch and one for mouse/ keyboard, but all new consumer computers are sold with the touch OS.
    14 Dec 2012, 10:19 PM Reply Like
  • MexCom
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    A better statement would be can't imagining anyone buying a new monitor without touch.
    15 Dec 2012, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • patrails
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    I don't like touch at all. My girlfriend routinely abandons her ipad for my 6 year old laptop. While some people like it, others not so much.
    16 Dec 2012, 03:50 PM Reply Like
  • Dennis Baker
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    A better statement would be can't imagining anyone buying a new monitor without touch.


    Yet... Microsoft still licenses millions of devices every year without touch. They are selling unimaginable systems every day... I don't have stats, but from what I've seen more W8 systems are sold with mouse than touch screen.
    16 Dec 2012, 09:29 PM Reply Like
  • tom434
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    Tim Cook might be a lousy CEO. But with respect to this point he is completely correct. Touchscreen and PC/Notebooks? Never this will be a success. I tried to work with Win8 for two weeks. It feels like working with two different systems in parallel - jumping between the traditional desktop and the live tiles. Finally I was going back to Win7...
    15 Dec 2012, 04:19 AM Reply Like
  • brianngaibh
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    Reposted following to share my experience...


    10/12/2012 comments posted to seeking alpha:


    I see Windows 8 is truly a revolutionary OS.
    I'm using my desk-top Dell Dimension 5150 bought in 2005. With such old time HW, win8 works much better than my original XP. It's really fast, particularly obvious when loading web pages with IE10, start-up and shut-down the Windows system.
    This is the first time I encountered a new OS uses less resource.
    I'm still using my mouse, keyboard for old Dell Dimension desktop and, with some minutes of learning the Metro & Desktop, I like the new OS very much.


    For this reason, I give Micrsoft my 2 thumbs up!


    Following are some my Dell Dimension 5150 HW spec.
    Processor type: intel pentium D dual CPU 2.80GHz
    Physical memory: DDR2 533MHz 512MB x4
    HDD: Seagate 500G ATA
    Video card: pci express x16, ATI Radeon HD5450 display 1 = DVI Prima 32" TV 1080p, display 2 = vga Dell 19" 1280 x 1080
    Sound: sigmatel stac92xx c-major hd audio
    Wireless: TP Link wi-fi adaptor TL-WN721N 150Mbps
    Rest are standard types.
    Performance: processor 4.5, Mem 5.0, Graphics 3.9, Gaming graphics 5.8 and Pri HDD5.9
    15 Dec 2012, 07:03 AM Reply Like
  • Heinz Doofenshmirtz
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    Microsoft never nails the first iteration of a new software initiative. I am long Batman and Robin (Nokia), but I expected this aptly named Windows version to be Windows Snowman (golf term).


    But Microsoft always gets a mulligan, and IME, MS has set itself up for "Windows 9" (abstractly, I know the next non-big-bang upgrade is code-named Blue and will be more of an incremental update...MS recognizes that it needs to get back to the tee quickly.)


    With progress toward a unified platform, I think Windows is set up for the day when the leveraging of hand motion that the mouse provides can be accomplished through Kinect-like recognition and hand gestures. You won't need to "touch" the screen, but the OS will need to react to multiple inputs.


    IME, the platform that has "the right sized Legos" for what is common and what is not will have one advantage in that it will be more agile and take less work to respond to upcoming innovations.


    15 Dec 2012, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • SeekingAlph
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    I have been following the comments regarding the Surface tablet and ipads with interest. Perhaps the reason the sales have been "soft" is the Surface is not readily available in retail stores and many people like to touch, feel and use something prior to buying it. I am now in the process of ordering one myself as I need a USB port, a keyboard and accessibility to excel and documents without contorting to machinations to open my documents and spreadsheets. I know not a great deal about the OSs, but do know I am definitely not about to be one that buys in the hostage ecosystem of getting involved in Apple. I need simplicity and ease of compatibility with the software. I guess those mostly buying Apple ipads may find in the future if they intend on using it for business or school, its OS may come up short.
    15 Dec 2012, 04:20 AM Reply Like
  • Mark Wells
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    Windows 8 is not intuitive and is clunky to use on the desktop. There is no basis for the system being totally the same for tablet and desktop. My wife has a touchscreen desktop using Windows 7 and she never uses the touchscreen capability. Tim Cook and Jony Ivey will be proven right on this one!
    16 Dec 2012, 07:52 AM Reply Like
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