I agree! Windows 7 built on what XP offered me and perfected it. I waiting until this year to go XP -> 7. I'm sure the Start Orb/Menu will be back in Windows 9 anyway. Touch screens are wonderful for tablets, but horrible for desktops - my monitors are 2+ feet away, my shoulders will get tired reaching for those silly tiles. Also, using a touch interface on a non-touch device is maddening, anyone who has used a recent BlackBerry OS on a non-touch BlackBerry can attest to that
Also, my touch screen iPhone is always dirty, trying to read the text in Order & Chaos Online through the smudges can be really hard...does anyone even want that on their desktop monitor?? I get annoyed when the guy who works for me comes into my office to show me something and puts his nasty, dirty paws on my screen... I don't need an OS to encourage this behavior.