Just what I want, and even more unholy alliance between hardware manufacturers and Microsoft. If you want an alternate OS, you already can't use the video hardware to full potential, because MS tried damn hard to make sure you could only do that with DirectX, and the manufacturers went along with it. Touch screens? Been used for years, often by Linux and other systems. Now.. Lets make a Windows specific touch screen, with only Windows drivers? Gah!
While it is true that most people just want machines that work, there is a growing awareness, and a fairly good sized segment of existing users, who think that both the Mac campaign and the "I'm a PC" campaign are pure BS. No one, after all, shows them walking into one of the few stores that actually sell Linux and going, "Gosh! This one does everything I want, and 500 things I didn't even know I wanted, while having more memory, more HD space, and costing $300 less than the nearly identical Windows machine!" Their entire campaign is designed around lying about there being any alternative, other than Mac, while grandstanding about how much "cheaper" buying their overpriced OS is, than buying Apple's overpriced hardware. Whoopy....
Both of them basically lie about what is available, either by exclusion, or via outright claiming things that are not true. Of the two, I still prefer the Mac campaign, not because I would ever buy one, but because they do what MS won't, or in fact can't, and tell the truth 50% of the time, and provide a laugh all the time. MS' campaign doesn't even attempt to present facts, other than, "Cheaper!". Its like watching some moron being dragged to a used car lot and going home with the worst car on the lot, because, "All them brand X cars, even though used, cost too much!" You know.. there might just be a bloody good reason for that, and most people figure it out when their engine block falls out of the cheap one half a mile away.
No, this is the same old thing. Minor improvements, all attempting to "catch up" to people that have been doing it right for years, and a lot of grandstanding about how they bought off X hardware vendor, to make them a new shiny box, with semi-new features, which somehow use some unknown protocols, so "oops" no one else can get them to work with any alternatives. And, they want you to think, "See how great we are?!", when the real issue is, "See how hard we work to make sure it 'looks' like we come up with these ideas ourselves and do it better." I am still not buying it, and I have used every Windows version from 3.11 to XP.
The world isn't purely Mac and Windows, and both of them are over priced. So.. MS' solution is to also make Windows machines overpriced? Sounds a lot like they just flat out gave up on making it work "efficiently" on the hardware...