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 it’s an ergonomic or occupational health problem just waiting to happen. It’ll mean new forms of strain on people’s arms and wrists.

Voice technology could hold more promise for business users than touch.


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