I thought this was interesting....
Firefox for Windows 8 Touch, the browser destined for Windows 8's "Metro" user interface (UI) -- the part of the OS that relies on colorful tiles, mobile-style apps and touch -- will not be released March 18 as part of Firefox 28 as originally planned.
"We've been watching Metro's adoption," said Johnathan Nightingale, vice president of Firefox, in a Friday blog. "From what we can see, it's pretty flat. On any given day we have, for instance, millions of people testing pre-release versions of Firefox desktop, but we've never seen more than 1,000 active daily users in the Metro environment."
I wonder, often, when I see these types of discussions come up, how much of this has to do with people not actually having 'touch' screens yet. I don't have a touch screen, except for my android phone and I personally would not want to mess with any of the Metro stuff without one.
After having experimented with several Metro UI apps for Windows 7 , I can see where all the sliding and moving can be annoying with just a mouse.
That said, I wonder how popular FF is on devices that are touchscreen by default (tabllets, phones, etc.)
I've been looking for a new laptop or PC and not looking forward to Windows 8/Metro because of the whole touch screen issue as it increases the price (drastically in some cases) of laptops or desktops.
Having the 'smudges' and whatever from constantly touching the screen is also a negative for me.
Do they have stats that cover how many people dislike Metro because of the design of it vs. not having a touch screen to use it as it was intended to be used? I would be curious to see the numbers on something like that.