Will Windows 8 be a touch screen OS

By circusboy01
Aug 15, 2012
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  1. I think I read somewhere that windows 8 was going to be touch screen. If this is true. Will we be able to use the monitors we have now? Or, will we have to buy special monitors with touch screen capabilities?
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,894

    Windows 8 will still have the capability to operate without touch screen. However if you want to take advantage of touch screen technology, you will need to have a touch screen capable monitor.
  3. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +45

  4. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 799   +16

    I'm really not thinking about getting a W 8 at this time. Just finding out what I will have to buy, sometime in the future, when Microsoft stops support for W 7./ Before I would buy a W 8 I would want to look at input from a lot of people who have used them. To see if they are worth the cost. Thanks for the link.
  5. circusboy01

    circusboy01 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 799   +16

    Thanks. Good to know I will have a choice. I see on Zens post that they have Touch Screens for sale. I guess that means W 8 is out, Or is just a pre- W 8 sale? Thanks.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,554   +2,894

    You can use touch screens with any OS as long as there are drivers for the touch screen to work with the OS. It may not be the easiest to work with but you can use touch screens as an additional pointing device.
  7. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +45

    Your welcome! And remember touch screens such as monitors are basically in their infancy, down the road, when this whole Windows 8 and touch screen thing really takes off, there more than likely will be tons more touch monitors on the market, so when ever it is that you think your ready for it, there will be tons to choose from, possibly some that are cheaper!
  8. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    Considering how long they supported XP for, it's going to be a loooooong time before they stop supporting 7.
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,593   +335

    circusboy01, Thanks for the question & thanks to the others for their replies.(y)
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    learninmypc - there is a pretty extensive Windows 8 discussion stickied in this Windows OS forum. If you have some time, it may be worth skimming through just to see some discussion/friendly debate on what people like and don't like based on the consumer and release previews.
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,593   +335

  12. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    It may be worth pointing out that from an ergonomic point of view, touch screens are an absolute rubbish way of doing many common things. Think if you had to spend most of your working life with one arm in the air......makes RSI caused by a mouse look a minor headache. So maybe you would have to put the screen flat on a desk just to make it accessible to your fingers, ? What a stupid idea !

    So why is MS doing this daft thing? Because touch-screen operation is actually much easier on mobile-phone sized gadgets is the hidden answer. In short, MS sees the future of computing as based upon small, portable devices, like say Kindle readers. (Tablet computers)

    All we power users who spend time with 'big-iron' type applications - we wont be doing so on a pocket device, NO SIR. Microsoft and it's constant desire to invent the big boys toy just leaves me stone cold. But hey, I've only been in computing since 1966 so what would I know about it ?
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,593   +335

    LOL, not to mention watching a car mechanic with greasy fingers using one:)

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