Keyboard and mouse still function with Windows 8

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Windows 8 gives PC and mobile device users the opportunity to use touch-screen technology, but this is not a pre-requisite.

Writing for the Guardian, technology expert Jack Schofield explained that business employees and consumers can still use a mouse and keyboard if they so choose.

He noted that Windows 8 was designed as a 'touch first' interface, adding that "this is the nicest way to use it".

"If you buy a Windows 8 machine, I recommend getting one with a touch-sensitive screen, whether it's a desktop, all-in-one, laptop, convertible, or tablet," Mr Schofield stated.

"That way, you can use the new features and new tablet-style apps by adding a handful of easily-learned edge-swipes to what you already know."

But he said users can still do everything with a mouse and keyboard - there is simply a need to make different movements around the desktop.

Mr Schofield suggested this can take some getting used to, but there are clear rewards for those who make the switch to the latest operating system.

"My observation is simply that people who have used Windows 8 for longer generally like it much better," he stated.

Posted by Alex Boardman