Monday, January 6, 2014

Touch Interface Not Good For Computers

While developing the Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has made a big bet that the introduction of touch capabilities to personal computers will surely help to revive an industry that was being eaten away by tablet PCs and smartphones. The Creative Strategies president Tim Bajarin said that his research has revealed that making touch an important part of the personal computers was a big strategic issue on the part of Microsoft. This decision has resulted in many Windows 8 problems.

The reason is that computer users are very much used to using the mouse and keyboard and they see no advantage in touching the screen to get the work done. The touch interface makes sense for smaller portable devices like tablets and smartphones but does not make much sense for personal computers with larger displays that already have track pads or mouse.

Bajarin said, “While adding touch input to screens is not a bad thing, people being able to adapt quickly to touch as a primary form of user interface input on larger PCs does not happen overnight.” “Early on, Apple’s scientists studied the kinesiology of arm movements in relationship to keyboards and mice, and concluded that implementing any gestures into the user interface worked best through a trackpad. The company also determined that picking the hand up from the keyboard area and moving it to touch the screen was unnatural, and factored that into the final decision to add gestures to the Magic Trackpad instead,” he added.

There are numerous Windows 8 problems, which have made Microsoft to do a reroll on its latest experiment. Most of the issues with the Windows 8 operating system have been due to a poor hands-on experience or just because the tile interface does not fit the existing definition of how a PC should work. The huge number of user complaints and comments has made the Microsoft team to do a bit of rebranding. The plan for the Windows 8 OS was that the this single operating system would be equally used on home PCs, tablets, flip and fold hybrids, non-touch laptops, and anything in between. However, the operating system did not serve the cause as Microsoft expected.

Another issue was the missing Start button. Many of the users were not satisfied with the touch interface and the missing Start button, which made Microsoft to reintroduce the Start button with the Windows 8.1 update. If you would like to know more on the problems with the Windows 8 OS, you can visit the Microsoft support center.

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