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My opinion based on few months experience using Windows 8 as an accountant- in the context working with office documents using MS Office 2013, mostly data crunching in excel : Touch UI looks cool and simpler, but when you start to work with it, all those glitches look redundant. Touch inputs happened for few minutes only (to open program, data, and preparation) but after that you spent hours working with keyboard and mouse. For eq. how can you make all MS Excel functions become touch based? How to replace F2 to edit a formula? How to choose the table format? Finger touch is too crude to select those tiny icons in Ribbon interface. Ribbon already eats a lot of vertical working space in low res 14" screen (1366X768 - this resolution i believe already common for most enterprise-wide deployment). This is worsened by fact that all screen aspect become vertically narrower these days (moving from 4:3 to 16:10, and now 16:9). Of course you can always turn off this Ribbon-interface, but it will negates all its ease-usability and purpose (I am quite comfortable with them now, it just need some learning curve). I cannot help thinking MS will change the UI by enlarging those already-cluttered icons, which eventually will eat even more space. This situation is really a mess and unpractical. I think they have to redesign the ribbon and core UI altogether. Thats A LOT of things to do. For office documents manipulation, especially for MS Excel and Word, using mouse and keyboard are still the king. As long as Microsoft cannot make their Office UI become adaptive to touch based input in such a way that enable us to work faster and more natural compare to mouse-keyboard input, they can forget about notebook and desktop with touch functionality. The company which could see things right is, ironically, Apple. They first introduce high res screen in notebook (Macbook Pro Retina) and they still holds on 16:10 screen aspect ratio. It make ribbon interface look beautiful and working with large tables become such a joy experience. And they stick with the philosophy that touch interface in notebook and desktop is still not in its prime-time, at least for now. The downside is higher enterprise-wide deployment cost compare to MS in term of hardware and software.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2013 on Do You Wanna Touch at Coding Horror
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Aug 14, 2013