I have a few bones to pick with much of the punditry on Windows 8 and Apple's operating systems, coming asap. But there's one completely accurate contrast that's almost getting too little attention. Microsoft is betting that people will want to touch their laptop and desktop screens while Apple thinks that is nuts. That could go a long way to determine the success or failure of Windos 8.
Here is Stephen Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows unit:
"People says touch is only for small devices or lightweight things. I promise you the minute you use a touch device with Windows 8, by the time you go back to your laptop or desktop you're going to be hitting that screen. You'll have fingerprints all over your monitor if it doesn't support touch."
-Information Week, September 14, 2011
And here is Steve Jobs last October:
"We've done tons of user testing on this, and it turns out it doesn't work. Touch surfaces don't want to be vertical. It gives great demo but after a short period of time, you start to fatigue and after an extended period of time, your arm wants to fall off. it doesn't work, it's ergonomically terrible. Touch surfaces want to be horizontal, hence pads. For a notebook, that's why we're perfected our multitouch trackpads over the years, because that's the best way we've found to get multitouch into a notebook.
We've also, in essence, put a trackpad -- a multitouch track pad on the mouse with our magic mouse. And we've recently come out with a pure play trackpad as well for our desktop users. So this is how were going to use multitouch on our Mac products because this (he points at someone touch laptop screen) doesn't work."
-SFGate, October 20, 2010
Total opposite approaches.