More touchscreens in the enterprise?

Touch screens are coming

Touch screens are coming

Eric Brown asks: Are you ready for more touch screens in the enterprise?

As he says Microsoft wrote Windows 8 for touch and it is making its way into offices everywhere. This could mean touch screens will follow.

Brown says any move to touch won’t have much impact on IT professionals – their biggest challenge will be supporting a new operating system.

While there’s a place for touch screens, the current crop of devices is unlikely to be a mainstream replacement for keyboards and mice – at least on the desktop.

Apart from anything else, most important business applications need a keyboard. Constantly moving hands from typewriter keyboards to a screen is likely to slow work down to the point where it becomes disruptive. And I’ve a feeling touch is an ergonomic or occupational health problem just waiting to happen. It’ll mean new forms of strain on people’s arms and wrists.

In my opinion voice technology holds more promise for business users.

More touchscreens in the enterprise? – Eric D. Brown.

One thought on “More touchscreens in the enterprise?

  1. The advantage and disadvantage of a touch screen, in my humble opinion, are your fingers. Using our fingers comes naturally to us. Touch provides a very intuitive experience. The big disadvantage is the Fisher-price like users interfaces required to drive touch apps. Our fingers are too big to allow the UI any data density. There’s the problem – data density. Any knowledge worker worth their salt uses dual screens on there work station for precisely this reason. More viewable data. I can’t see workers giving this up for the few lines available in a FP touch interface.
    On the hand tablets as a replacement for all those printed documents you get in meetings is totally do able.
    It’s a question of use case IMHO.

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