Re: Perhaps people have realised...
"I used Windows 8.1 on a laptop that didn't have a touch screen, and it's without doubt the worst experience I've ever had."
I've got a non-touch screen laptop and I honestly don't see how people can find it to be so bad.
I spent all of 10 minutes dropping the default tiles from the start screen and adding tiles for programs which I actually use in a sensible order and grouping and now 90% of everything I use is a windows key/button and mouse click away.
Everything else is still simply Windows key and then type out the first few letters.
The only "Apps" I use are the Control panel and the default PDF reader.
What I still really don't like about Windows 8.1 is the DPI scaling, This needs to be a lot more configurable including the option to turn it off completely.
Apparently it's still not been improved for Windows 10