All things modern.
I have stopped posting my daily experience with windows 8 as I have not really discovered anything new. The main purpose of this experiment was not to review windows 8 itself, but to compare the user experience on a touchscreen and non-touchscreen device. Readers of my previous posts will realise that I have not been happy with the experience so far. The major problem was that to do actual work, one needs to use the desktop side of the UI and when one does so, the touchscreen experience deteriorates to such an extent that a touch device becomes useless.
Yesterday however, I did discover something new. Something so simple and yet has completely transformed the touch experience in desktop mode. Here it is:
Changing the “Size of all items” to “Medium” makes all of the buttons and controls big enough to use with a finger. This made the desktop UI such a breeze to use that I am reconsidering my opinion on the ability to do work on a touchscreen.
As you can see from the video, operation is not perfect. I had a particularly hard time detaching a Word window from the top of the display and Internet Explorer crashed while trying to right click (long finger press) on a link to open in a new window. The experience is not ideal, but is much better than expected. I can even go so far as to say it was an almost intuitive way of working. Having said that there is not much else to compare the experience to. No other touch-friendly UI is designed for working, iOS and Android being primarily focused on content consumption rather than creation.
Certainly operating in the touch screen desktop is never going to be as productive as working on a proper laptop. But one needs to understand that this touch experience is not meant to and never will take over from having a proper keyboard and a high resolution display, but for those who need to work on the go such as on a train, plane or a bus, this is definitely an option to consider.
PS The new Task Manager is amazing!