The Verge’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Compare the way Microsoft is bringing Metro elements to Windows to the way Apple is bringing iOS elements to OS X. For all the grumping about OS X’s “iOSification,” OS X 10.7/10.8 still look definitively like desktop operating systems, adding new features that are inspired by iOS but unique to the mouse-and-windows environment. With Windows 8, Microsoft is bringing the actual touch interface over, mapping each and every touch gesture to a mouse and keyboard equivalent. While Microsoft is getting a lot of kudos for their boldness, this doesn’t strike me as the right way to go. I’d like to use Windows 8 on a tablet or a phone, but would I want to use it on a 1920×1200 monitor with a mouse or trackpad?