What weve learned and what we couldnt fully appreciate before testing some of these new devices is that Windows 8 is at its best when you have the option of interacting with it using your fingers. It doesnt matter so much if you have a touchscreen, a modern touchpad or an external trackpad that supports Win 8 gestures. The point is, many of Windows 8s most enchanting features (the Charms Bar, etc.) are easy to use this way, but frustrating if all you have to work with is a mouse.
For people with more touch-friendly hardware, though, Windows 8 is easier to use than you may have feared.
Just dont lose faith as youre climbing your way across that learning curve.