Thursday, March 29, 2012

Microsoft promises a better touch experience with Windows 8

Not all touchscreens are created equal.
Having tested numerous tablets and touch-enabled PCs, our observation is despite the fact that touch input is central to these devices, many still don't get it right. Budget devices which skimp on the hardware, such as Amazon's Kindle Fire that only supports two-finger touch, come to mind.



With Microsoft focusing on touch for its next version of Windows, it's no surprise that the software company has been working on improving the touch experience. This is more so since Windows 8 relies heavily on touch gestures such as swiping in from the edge to bring up its Charms menu. Hence, touch accuracy and reliability is very important and a reason why Microsoft requires Windows 8 PCs to "support a minimum of five fingers".

Microsoft also has to make sure that Windows 7 PCs that upgrade to the newer OS provide a satisfactory touch experience, even if the hardware isn't ideal. For instance, the sensitivity of many current touchscreens decreases as you move from the center of the screen to the edges. This means that it will take more effort to access the Charms menu, something that we experienced when we tried the Developer Preview on an Acer tablet.

As it's not feasible to change the touchscreens on these older devices, Microsoft has compensated by creating "a 20-pixel buffer to catch the edge swipe gesture". While this buffer around the screen makes it easier for users to execute the gesture, the downside is that you end up with less screen real estate.
Via Building Windows 8

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Source From CNET

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