Windows 8 – Optimizing Touch Screen Applications

Tech Girl must admit that she doesn’t think “touch” when she thinks of Microsoft. Between the Apple iPhone and iPad, Apple largely dominates her day-to-day touch experiences. Well move over, Apple, because Windows 8 from Microsoft may just change that…

Of course Windows 8 is not out yet, but from the demos and research Tech Girl has done, she has to hand it to Microsoft – it looks like this new OS is REALLY going to shake up the PC and corresponding touch screen experiences. Right now it is hard to imagine a PC not needing a mouse or keyboard and delivering that seamless touch screen experience that Apple has introduced, but Tech Girl thinks that Windows 8 is going to be the final push that touch technology needs to take it to the next level.

Windows 8 Touch Interaction Design Guide
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh465415.aspx

CNET Windows 8 Review
http://reviews.cnet.com/operating-systems/windows-8-release-to/4505-3671_7-35321713.html

How to Start Using Windows 8 Today
http://www.pcworld.com/article/261003/how_to_start_using_windows_8_today_faq.html

What do you think? Is Tech Girl right or way off base?