Tech Tuesday: Windows 8.1, Part 7 – Feature Party

Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday.  Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology. 

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This is the seventh and final part of a series on Windows 8.1.

Today is a chance for you to share.  What is the best innovation you’ve seen in Windows 7 or 8?

I’m loving the integration with touch screens.  I’m excited about the direction it is driving the hardware industry.  Touch is such a natural input method, especially for kids.

Tell us your favorite feature in the comments!

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3 comments on “Tech Tuesday: Windows 8.1, Part 7 – Feature Party

  1. Touch screen is fun. I really enjoy it with a hand held device. It feels odd with a desktop, but that may be a matter of getting used to touch. When the mouse is erratic at the classroom teacher station, it’s a good nudge to use the touch. On another note, when I went to the doctor for my physical, he told me that he and his staff used the touch feature but then quit because of hand, wrist, or arm pain that developed from using the touch screen on the desktop computers in the examination rooms. I thought that was interesting and wonder how this plays out in other work places with touch screen desktops.

  2. Touch interfaces definitely have their own ergonomic considerations. I think that the desktop environment will change significantly as we figure out how to work safely with touch interfaces.

    • That would be welcome. The standard desktop furniture arrangement is none too ergonomically friendly — a constant battle to avoid posture that leads to various neck, shoulder, and arm pains. Some of this is remedied by having a chair adjusted to a suitable height and the keyboard and monitor placed a certain number of inches from the floor. I never have pain from using the ipad in a nice, soft chair at home.

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