Windows 8's gestures rely on the touch screen: pulling up the start button with a swipe from the right, or getting to the application bar by swiping up, as examples. That's all fine, but those of us without touchscreens are back to using right-clicking or using keyboard shortcuts.
There's nothing particularly wrong about any of that, but I must admit that my time with Lion has made me a believer in gestures. Carving what amounts to arcane runes onto my trackpad is an efficient way to jump across multiple desktops and applications, or flip back and forth between webpages in Google Chrome. In addition to being awesome, of course.
And The "Winner" Is...?
My MacBook Air isn't going anywhere--the Windows 8 PC experience is still dependent on Samsung, Toshiba, Dell et al, and my confidence in their ability to deliver a laptop that's portable, powerful, and (relatively) inexpensive runs thin.
But once my time with this developer preview slate draws to a close, I'll certainly be downloading the build Microsoft is making available and spending a few months watching this OS develop.
There's a bit of a bias here -- I just like new things. But I haven't been so excited for something as mundane as an operating system in a long time.
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