Is the Touch-Enabled PC a Keeper or a Fad?

By  |  Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Over at my new Challengers blog on Cnet, I wrote about Windows 8’s “touch-first” interface–and whether it’ll lead to touch becoming a standard feature on new PCs. (I think the odds are good…or at least higher than they were for the Tablet PC…but it’s not going to happen instantly the moment Windows 8 ships.)


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5 Comments For This Post

  1. Vulpine Says:

    Touch is a keeper–the UI of the near future–but I think Windows has a way to go before they get it right.

  2. Muay Thai Says:

    Yea I agree, windows needs a retouch. Muay Thai | Muay Thai Kick | Martial Arts for Children

  3. Andrew H Says:

    I think that touch used in a limited way to, say, launch programs, would be useful and welcome on the desktop. But the key is "limited" – it might be nice to launch my browser by touching the appropriate icon instead of using the mouse…but once I'm in the browser, I'll want to use the more precise mouse and keyboard. Similarly, I might want to pinch to zoom on my monitor rather than doing ctrl-scrollwheel, at least sometimes, but I'll probably want to use the scrollwheel for to scroll down rather than constantly stroking or flicking the screen iOS style.

  4. Hamranhansenhansen Says:

    The Web was made for fingers. It is made of buttons, it scrolls with a flick, zooms with a pinch. Much better than the mouse.

  5. Rob Says:

    Touch would not be good on the desktop. My monitors are too far from me to reach comfortably. I’d have to lean forward and stretch my arm. In that position, accuracy would suffer greatly, let alone comfort.