Blog: Touch-screens are not compulsory for Windows 8

Wednesday 27 March 2013

For many people already, touch-screen technology has become a way of life - they simply no longer use a keyboard or mouse for most computing tasks.

Others remain a tad suspicious of this new generation of screens and devices, preferring to control their system using the traditional accessories.

Now, the fact is that Windows 8 has been designed with the needs of touch-screen technology in mind - and arguably the operating system works best on these solutions.

But that does not mean that Microsoft users need to upgrade before they are ready or willing.

Business and home PC users migrating to Windows 8 have the option of retaining the traditional keyboard and mouse set-up, since the operating system works fine on standard desktops and laptops.

Users may not be able to take advantage of the full range of intuitive features, but obviously this is their personal choice and a conscious decision they are making.

Indeed, for some tasks, such as word processing, it may well be that there is never a better way to produce quality work than via a full-size keyboard and mouse.

The important thing to remember is that each users has options.

If they want to use a Windows 8 touch-screen device they can, but if not, they are still able to benefit from use of the new operating system.

Posted by Sarah Parish