Going by everything we have seen from Windows 8.1 Update 1 up until now, one might be forgiven for thinking that the spring update for the OS is all about desktop improvements.
But Redmond, soon after making the upcoming refresh official, reiterated its support for touch devices, saying that this work environment will receive plenty of updates in the coming years — in other words, it still remains a key focus.
Joe Belfiore, in his keynote speech at MWC 2014 in Barcelona, made a statement that while Update 1 makes the modern platform easier to use on desktop computers, the company has not forgotten touch:
“We have a number of targeted UI improvements that keep our highly satisfying touch experience intact, but that make the UI more familiar and more convenient for users with mouse/keyboard. Don’t worry, we still LOVE and BELIEVE IN touch… but you’ll like how much more smooth and convenient these changes make mouse and keyboard use!
We bet on touch and on mobility in a big way, and included a fresh take on what a touch-based interface could be for customers. We believe deeply in this direction and the future will continue to build on Windows 8.”
The company is committed to bringing more and more touch devices to market that run its modern operating platform, with sources hinting that an 8-inch Surface tablet is set for release later this year.
But it is nice to see the software titan taking into account the response it received from mouse and keyboard users regarding its modern OS and implementing some of it.