First Click: the great Mac vs. PC touchscreen debate
The current divide between MacBooks and Windows-based laptops spans the length of an outstretched arm. Since the announcement of Windows 8, laptops from Dell, Lenovo, HP, Microsoft and others have all featured touchscreen displays. Apple, the company that brought multitouch displays to the masses with the iPhone and iPad, made its trackpad the showcase for touch, by layering a robust gesture language atop frictionless glass. For Cupertino, touchscreen displays had no business on a laptop.
On October 20th, 2010, Steve Jobs would pontificate on why “touch surfaces don’t want to be vertical” at the introduction of the redesigned MacBook Air with a large, multitouch glass trackpad. Just one day later, Steve Ballmer would call Windows 8…
Source:: The Verge