Did we just kill the mouse?

mouseMany people seem to think that Windows 8 has abandoned the traditional keyboard/mouse duo in favor of touch as the primary human interface device. It struck me that this is not quite accurate. Yes, using the mouse seems to be less central and my first impression is that it is harder to navigate with the mouse but the keyboard seems as powerful as ever. If you are a big keyboard junky like me then you will be happy to note that Windows 8 is just as easy to navigate as Windows 7. I find touch to be more intuitive in Windows 8 (and Windows Phone) than the mouse was in Windows 7. On the other hand, the mouse provides a level of accuracy that is not yet available with touch. I cannot imagine using Photoshop or designing circuit board schematics without a mouse.

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