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Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People

Here are four scenarios that could turn my Windows 8 desktop doubt into belief.

2. PowerPoint (And Its Competition).

Reader glenn817 chimed in on a recent piece with a prediction that Microsoft will significantly expand the touch capabilities of its Office suite in an upcoming release. "Can you imagine PowerPoint optimized for touch?" he wrote. "I can, and it makes me very happy."

I don't use PowerPoint as regularly as I did in some previous jobs, but I can absolutely see the upside in a PowerPoint version "purpose-built" -- to borrow the vendor marketing-speak phrase -- for the touchscreen PC. In fact, it could be the kick in the pants that PowerPoint needs to stay relevant over the long haul.

Microsoft probably doesn't want to hear this, but one of PowerPoint's upstart competitors, Prezi, might be an even better fit for touchscreen PCs. There's already an iPad version of the cloud software, so it seems like a no-brainer for Prezi to build a full-blown, touch-optimized Windows 8 app, especially given the less-linear nature of the presentations.

3. The Boardroom.

Anyone who's ever gotten the 5 p.m. "you need to present to the executive team at 9 a.m. tomorrow" email might want to pay close attention to this one. The boardroom (and its less prestigious sibling, the conference room) strikes me as an optimal environment for the larger screens enabled by PCs with touchscreens. Those screens could be ideal for presentations, if not creating content, especially for audiences with short attention spans that require bullet-point information. (It's called an "executive summary" for a reason.) The cool factor of touch can't hurt on that front, either. The Web and PowerPoint examples above are obvious fits in this context. There would also seem to be a conference-room upside in areas such as data visualization, business process modeling, sales and similar scenarios.

4. The Mystery App.

The app most likely to make me a believer? It doesn't exist yet. There's a reason why Microsoft is offering bounties for Windows 8 app development: There simply aren't enough apps for Windows 8 yet. There are even fewer when you eliminate apps that have little to no business purpose. That will surely change over time. But will there be an app -- or better yet several of them -- that will turn skeptics like me into the faithful converted?

In a follow-up column, I'll share with you the apps that make me struggle -- to put it mildly -- to see the advantages of a touchscreen PC.

In the meantime, are you a skeptic like me, or already a believer?

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swaypc
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swaypc,
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11/25/2013 | 11:34:30 AM
Touch screen or not!!
This is what has being happening with Windows throughout the year. A good operating system and a bad one. Recall 2000 then millennium, XP then Vista. Now Windows 7 and 8. Finally they came out with the idea of the start menu, to make it more windows 7 again. To soon to launch a full touch screen Windows OS, users need more transition time.

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Palpatine
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Palpatine,
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4/19/2013 | 7:17:38 AM
re: Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People
Your lack of faith in the Dark side is embarrassing as much as your faith in touch fad.
Why not voice control everything instead of touching things like monkeys?
wht
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wht,
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4/17/2013 | 6:29:17 AM
re: Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People
You understand how it works, most don't seem to be able to grasp that concept. Why is everyone making it so hard, when it isn't! Did you buy sight unseen online, or did your store clerk not help you and explain some basics before you spent your $?
wht
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wht,
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4/17/2013 | 6:25:55 AM
re: Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People
So, that's why you will use a mouse and KB, not a touch screen. You can have a touchpad instead of or in addition to a traditional mouse. Nowhere does MS ever say you have to use touch exclusively.
wht
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wht,
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4/17/2013 | 6:24:11 AM
re: Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People
Finally, someone who has figured out how it really works!
wht
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wht,
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4/17/2013 | 6:23:18 AM
re: Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People
Not many would do that, even if they could, except on a tablet with appropriate software. Not on a desktop or a laptop. You have no idea what you are complaining about, learn how Win 8 really works instead of making crap up.
wht
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wht,
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4/17/2013 | 6:22:06 AM
re: Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People
You don't have to give up your mouse and KB. That's all I use on my Win 8 laptop, not touch enabled (on purpose).
wht
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wht,
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4/17/2013 | 6:20:33 AM
re: Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People
You don't have to have touchscreens or use one even if you have it. Use a mouse or KB commands instead. Get over your resistant mindset and learn how it really works, not being all pissed off about it for no intelligent reason. If you are an IT tech you are embarassing to the IT community.
wht
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wht,
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4/17/2013 | 6:18:05 AM
re: Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People
Dell and Logitech make touchpad mouse pads for PC's for $60 retail. Great even for PC's that are not touchscreen capable.
sbacerra456
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4/8/2013 | 5:30:35 PM
re: Windows 8 Doubt: 4 Ways To Sway PC People
I have a Windows 8 laptop at home, and I love it. But, THANK GOODNESS, it's not a touchscreen! Instead, the touchpad was widened and all the "touch" gestures can be done on the touchpad, then I can still do the keyboard/mouse thing when I want. That's exactly why I love it. I think Microsoft should stick with the Windows 8 concept (Metro/Desktop interfaces) and make a bluetooth touchpad "remote" for PC users when they want to run Metro. They can then always go back to mouse/keyboard computing when they need to.
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