Jan
14
2013
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Designing the Windows 8 tablet touch keyboard

I am intrigued and impressed by Microsoft’s effort to design a better touch keyboard for Windows 8 tablets.

You can read quite a bit of detail about it here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/07/17/designing-the-windows-8-touch-keyboard.aspx

3 images of 3 common ways to hold a tablet and type

Looking at the assumptions in the article though, I have to wonder, what ever happened to people’s ability to learn?

It seems to me that many decisions in product design – particularly in the tech world and never more so than with Tablets – are based on the fact that people will instantly dismiss a device if it doesn’t work perfectly as expected in the first 2 seconds.

What this has caused is a dumbing down of any device that might fall into the hands of a consumer (read: idiot) to the point where its utility is compromised. Sometimes significantly.

You’ll see in the article that clever ideas like the counter shift key option on the early Windows 8 tablet keyboard design was binned based on what looks to be short term user expectations and experiences.

Ultimately the incredible simplification of the Windows 8 tablet keyboard will at least give Microsoft a chance to compete with the ultimate dumbed down device (iPad), but it leaves the people who are willing to learn something new (like Swipe on Android) without the possible benefit.

Bring back complexity. The world is complex and complex gets things done!

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