well, i feel the time is likely fast approaching that we wont be able to buy a monitor or TV that isnt touch screen
its the future of homes. wall-mounted mini tablets that pop in and out of hibernate in a second, placed by the door in every room... a larger stand-mounted tablet as you walk through the front door, to control lights, music, heating & A/C etc... a spill-proof tablet in the kitchen pantry for mom's recipes & to control her favorite music coming from the front room, & to video chat with Auntie while cooking.. Built-in tablets on the arms of the sofa or armchair... and bed-side tablets for dimming lights and setting alarms, controlling movies & setting sleep music etc.. and a waterproof tablet under the shower head, to control steam, check the morning agenda, and video chat with the secretary, all while playing video of yourself for your morning shave, flipped to replace a mirror... in fact, large screens may replace mirrors in our homes some day.
i would hate for that to come around in some distant Service Pack 10 release of Windows 8, and I have to pay thousands of dollars for Windows 8 then, when i could've gotten it for practically nothing now..
its really cheap now.. preview may not work on desktops, but i've read somewhere that its not going to matter if you're touchscreen or not, as it will work just as well with a mouse, something like flick-panning & scroll zooming, I suppose/hope
anyway, my Grandmother already has an HP touchcreen desktop monitor, so umm.. ya.. that should be a wake up call for the rest of us, as to where this is headed..
also, the baby boomer population prefers touch screen & bigger graphical interface and larger zoom fonts etc.. and they are soon to become the largest market
anyway, at this price, its worth picking up just to have around for whatever may come.. even if it just means that upgrading to Windows 9 will be cheaper someday
because come february, no more discounts like this.. has Windows ever offered anything even remotely as good as this?
they want everyone to switch to Windows 8.. they dont want a single XP or Vista user left out there.. so, they're seriously banking on something.. i say if it builds on Windows 7, and has Windows 7 at its core.. how bad could they really screw it up? i think its wise to at least keep it on hand til the first Service Pack release