Quoting "Carl Turney" <carl(a)boms.com.au>
Are you talking about full-size, vertically-oriented,
to be used by people on computers a lot?
Yes. I cannot imagine how people would use it, e.g. if they are using
Excel most of the day.
(Back before Windows 3.1) Hewlett-Packard released a DOS-based
touchscreen system -- after great expense and much hoopla. (Light
sensors along top and right edges. LEDs along bottom and left edges.)
Immediately, the "real world" user base developed severe "gorilla
and the entire phenomenon was quietly strangled in a dark alley. Don't
know how many scapegoats lost their jobs at HP as a result.
Interesting, I did not consider that. How does it work out on laptops
with touch screen (or the ones where the screen is a tablet you can
detach from it)?
Given that we have 50+ Windows desktops, I try to understand how
Microsoft sees their future here, and what their business customers
The whole Windows 8 strategy is just confusing.. In the past people
(including managers) wanted to have Windows at work because they had
it a home. I guess that's what MS has in their mind.
I cannot see this working out in a world where more and more people
using tablets, which are not really great devices for, let's say, a
person working with Excel or Word most of the day.
I am pretty sure MS does not want to lose this market but Windows 8
does not seem to be the answer.
And I don't have a clear picture how a company network (and ours)
could look like in a few years time. I also wonder what bigger
companies, banks, big retail companies (the Coles head quarters in
Toronga must have close to 10 000 Windows PCs) do about it (to foresee
AutoCAD, e.g. is a market leader in CAD software for 20 years or so.
What will they do if the "Windows PC" disappears? How could the
engineer's workplace look like then?
A snapshot of the diminishing importance of the desktop market:
"Mac desktops are now a very lonely 3% of Apple sales"
"the once lust-worthy Mac Pro has not really been significantly
updated for a whopping 821 days."
There is probably even the question whether we return to times as
1986, when the PC (I have a bill for it) was costing $7000 - and was
specialised "business equipment"?