Microsoft is talking a lot about the importance of touch input to the Windows 8 experience in everything from tablets to high-end desktops. To show just how far you can go with touch, Microsoft demonstrated a PC running Windows 8 connected to an 82-inch touchscreen that can support up to 100 touch inputs (or 10 simultaneous users).

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  • niquev71 - Thursday, July 19, 2012 - link

    WoW, almost took the imagination right out of my mind. It is true that most of these antagonists for Win8 lack imagination. They've been spoon fed ideals most of their lives. It seems some of them got some education in the field of technology engineering and because of the habit they got as a kid, they just reverse engineer things that's already old and call it new. I've been reading about Win8 and I don't understand what people have against innovation.

    I read mcnabney's comments and before i read your reply, I EASILY thought of a large touch screen display, mounted to a smooth clear glass/plastic arm with near 0 resistance except when you lock it or adjust it. Why isn't this imagination easy for everyone else? Look up the quote from Einstein. Imagination is WAY MORE important than intellegence.
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  • davepermen - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    gladly, it does not take away any options you already had for years. so what's your point? that you can actually switch to mouse and keyboard, but use touch where it's more useful to do so? that you can mix and match depending on the length of the period you're doing something, etc?

    there's NO loss in having touch, too. there are only gains.
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  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Now imagine me just switching back to standard mouse/keyboard and enjoying it more. Reply
  • Kepe - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    That's exactly what I said in my original comment. Don't people read before replying? Reply
  • cfaalm - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    What if your screen was the table top you're sitting at? It's like reading from a piece of paper on your desk. I think a touch screen that big shouldn't be standiing up in front of you, it should lay on the table. Of course it woud have to be made differntly to withstand a certain amount of pressure and the connectors would have to move to the top or side. Reply
  • Kepe - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    As I said, a touch screen should be located at about elbow height, close to your body and at an angle so that it faces almost upwards. A table/surface falls in to my requirements. Reply
  • RHurst - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Oh, what a big drama, you don't need gorilla arm.

    If you use the touch interface just 10 or 20% in your desktop, office computer, I say that's a plus. If you don't think it is, don't buy a multitouch screen, for heaven's sake.

    If you can demonstrate that the thing is not usable at all with a mouse+keyboard alone, then you'd have a point.

    However, I can see myself using it 20% of the time in my office computer. When browsing, editing pictures, or making selections, scrolling large pdfs and zooming. I have two screens in my office (one is in portrait mode, one 16:10), I was planning to add a third. This third one now will be a multi touch screen, just for the kicks.

    Can't see how it will prevent me doing things I'm already doing.
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  • apinkel - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    Yeah, I see this as a demonstration of what the new touch centric features add to windows. I don't see this as the ideal way to interact with windows when sitting in front of a keyboard. It is an effective way of interacting with a tablet, with a surface type device, a touchscreen PC, possible an HTPC controller, etc..

    For working with excel, word, editing video, audio, pictures this UI makes little to know sense except for the most simplistic of tasks.
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  • SirZ - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    82 inch mother-of-all-ipad!

    Imagine multi-gaming on one of those (after all the article says it supports 10 people with 10 fingers each)
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  • mpschan - Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - link

    As a person with toes, I'm insulted that they are restricting this functionality to fingers.

    How DARE they!
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