Microsoft Office 15 to include “Touch Mode” toggle

Microsoft Office 15 to include “Touch Mode” toggle
We already knew that Microsoft Office 15 is bringing its popular productivity apps to Windows 8 tablets, but the questions is, how does Microsoft intend to package an interface that is optimized for both a traditional mouse-and-keyboard and touch input?

A new screenshot has surfaced from the technical preview, which sheds some light on how Microsoft plans to manage the two input styles. It appears that Microsoft is including a touch mode button that will allow users to switch between touch screen mode and mouse-and-keyboard mode.

The technical preview doesn’t have all the features enabled. With that being said, it is worth mentioning that currently, the Touch Mode button doesn’t do anything, although the contact ZDNet has, that provided the screen shot, says that Microsoft’s intention is to utilize the button to enable a touch-friendly Office UI.

source: ZDNet via Neowin



1. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That look waaayyy too simple :(

2. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

First of all, the whole window looks contracted/minimized in size. You see the words "REFERENC" and "PAGE LAY"? The window is obviously not at its full size. Second of all, how advanced, small and detailed do you want it to be when you have to use your hotdog fingers to press the buttons and navigate the options? :)

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

The Office Hub and the access to them was a huge selling point for me and has made my job a lot easier. I am excited for any new goodies that makes it easier for me to access my files, gives me more options, and generally will support me getting to my time off more efficiently.

4. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

That logo reminds me of a golden version of the butterfly tattoo from the weapon of Bleach's 2nd squad captain.

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