Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Jul 2012 22:41 UTC
Features, Office "On Monday in San Francisco we took the wraps off of the new Office's touch experience designed for Windows 8. We showed the new touch-optimized Windows 8-style app for OneNote, and we showed how we've touch-enabled Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other apps on the desktop. The new Office is designed for a great experience whether you're sitting on a couch with a tablet, or at a desk with a mouse and keyboard. It makes common tasks fast, fluid, and intuitive, while still enabling the rich capabilities required to create high-quality documents. In this post I'll walk you through the thinking, engineering process and design framework we used to reimagine these experiences for touch."
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RE: Comment by Gone fishing
by zima on Thu 19th Jul 2012 15:59 UTC in reply to "Comment by Gone fishing"
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Hm, thank you for sharing with us that your immediate surrounding aren't cleaned for weeks on end...

(and hey, screens are much easier to clean than keyboards; but seriously, who knows how long the keyboards might remain so universal - a move "back" to the model of drafting tables could be interesting)

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Seriously do you think a touch screen, used everyday in an office or a heavily used laptop is going to be a pleasure to use. I've seen the touch screens in the computer retailers and I fear to touch them.

Touch screen might be good for a phone or one of those iToys but for work - no! just a link to remind you what computers can be like (not mine I might add).

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RE[3]: Comment by Gone fishing
by zima on Thu 19th Jul 2012 18:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Gone fishing"
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I don't know... if focusing solely on hygiene, touch screens easily have the upper hand (at least potentially, if people cared about ~disinfecting them in the first place) over keyboards and mouses.

And I can easily imagine touch screens turning out great for many kinds of serious work (~CAD for example - we definitely lost something when moving away from drawing boards, and touch UI can build upon their model in ways that desktop OS & mouse cannot; also, film or graphics editing)

WRT dust ...well, that's a separate issue, touch screens or not - but the related gradual move towards "good enough" chips, without active cooling requirement, also largely solves it.

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