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[5]: Comment by Gone fishing
by zima on Thu 19th Jul 2012 20:31 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Gone fishing"
zima
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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.

Sure, Office specifically is largely built around keyboard, but there still could be some good uses of touch - maybe quick drawing in OneNote, or as part of making a Powerpoint presentation, or "manually" modifying layout of Word document (yes, people should use automatic layout tools and styles, absolutely ...unfortunately, they don't do that, they micromanage formatting - so maybe doing it by hand will end up less horrible). Who knows how we might blend it - don't discard the touch outright, it's not like we would really adapt something which doesn't work, that's not an issue - but exploring new possibilities is a good thing (at worst they don't work out).

You know, it was quite popular to dismiss GUI and mouse for serious work, not a long time ago.

"That reaching over the keyboard" largely also depends on the overall layout of workplace (the drawing boards were usually tilted; generally, it doesn't seem particularly bad when I "try" it with the most popular kind of PC form-factor, laptop, where screen is right behind kb - supporting the elbow on the table right before the keyboard seems like it might be OK, for semi-frequent blended use)

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