Is boot to desktop in windows 8.1, vindication for apple regarding ios and osx?

I was reading this article and this part stood out for me.

'One significant change is linked to an upcoming update for Windows 8.1. Microsoft is planning to automatically boot Windows 8.1 non-touch PC users to the desktop interface by default, as long as they haven’t already changed the existing setting that allows you to bypass the tiled Start Screen'.

In hindsight is apple decision in regards to keeping a touch centric and mouse/trackpad centric ui separate the right one, or did microsoft not think through enough how the two could co-exist in windows 8 seamlessly? or something else entirely?