Originally Posted by Dylrob
And now as of today I can confirm my suspicions (which already seems to be the general opinion when it comes to W8) that yes, the interface was truely optimized for a touchscreen. While I was at the mall getting my iPod replaced, I also popped into the Microsoft store. Well, wandered by might be a more appropriate choice of words, given that the "store" is in the middle of one of the walk ways. Anyway, I spent quite a few minutes with the Surface. And while I wouldn't personally buy one, it is a pretty nice piece of kit. Except for the keyboards that is. I didn't particularly like either one. The touch keyboard offers no feedback, and there is not enough of a gap between the keys on the other one.
I agree that the Windows 8 interface seems to be designed with touchscreens in mind. I just moved to a new laptop with Windows 8 installed (and no touchscreen) and it's quite a change from Windows XP (which I used on my last computer).
One thing I had trouble with at first is closing down applications. Rather than clicking on an "X" in the corner, I found out (via reading) that you have to pull the top of the application down to close it. Overall, I've found that Windows 8 has been a good upgrade from Windows XP but it will take some time to get used to it.