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[2]: Comment by Gone fishing
by Gone fishing on Thu 19th Jul 2012 16:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Gone fishing"
Gone fishing
Member since:
2006-02-22

Ouch!

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!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/26/ventblockers_2/ 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"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

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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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

I can imagine touch screens having specialized uses and CAD could make sense on appropriate hardware but this is MS office word-processing, spreed sheets etc. This just feels like something being hyped up to separate fools from their money with very limited usefulness in general computing.

All that reaching over the keyboard to touch the screen also looks like a recipe for backache.

Edited 2012-07-19 19:22 UTC

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