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Touch Mode is perfect for the hoards of expected Windows 8 tablets

Microsoft is betting that Windows 8 will make for a great operating system for tablet users. There are more than a few analysts that feel the same way and think the coming Microsoft tablets will prove to be quite popular.
But Windows 8 isn’t the only big software coming out of Redmond this year. Microsoft is at work on a new version of Office and ZDNet reports that Office 15 will have a new Touch Mode the specifically sets things up inside the application to make it easier to use on touchscreen devices such as tablets. Touch Mode will also be easier to use on an all-in-one computers that have touch screens.

[Source: ZDNet]

The image associated with this story comes from the Office 15 technical preview and clearly see Touch Mode at the top of the page near the document title. The cool part is that the mode can be toggled on and off so you can buy one version of the software you will work on your device whether it has a touch or not.
Full details on Office 15 aren't available yet, but ZDNet cites sources that claim the goal is to launch the Office 15 client, server, and Office 365 by late 2012. At this point, it's not even clear what the name of the suite will be. Considering a late 2012 launch, it could be called Office 2012 or perhaps Office 2013.
public beta is expected to launch this summer.

Source: ZDNet

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By PAPutzback on 2/24/2012 1:12:58 PM , Rating: 1
I recorded Spartacus the other night on my WMC and that was in use as was the other XBOXes I have. No biggee, the file is stored on my homeserver so I'll watch it on my Office PC. Nope DRM says I can't WTH. So I doubt my dream of having the tablet in bed and watching my recorded TV is going to happen.

By omnicronx on 2/24/2012 1:42:29 PM , Rating: 3
There are several DRM stripping tools available for WMC, I remember having mine setup to do it automatically as soon as a recording stops.

By Mitch101 on 2/24/2012 2:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
Is your Office PC a trusted media device to your WMC or are you trying to play it from a shared drive location?

By Taft12 on 2/24/2012 10:45:02 PM , Rating: 5
Legal copies: Inferior to the illegal version in almost every way!

By GreenEnvt on 2/25/2012 3:07:14 PM , Rating: 2
If you join the computers to the same home group, it will work fine.
Or use a suite like Remote Potato to stream your recordings online.

By Aloonatic on 2/26/2012 4:23:41 AM , Rating: 2
You'll just have to pay a bit more to do it.

By chris2618 on 2/24/2012 3:08:18 PM , Rating: 2
I had always thought that was the point of the ribbon interface, bigger icons...etc for use with a touch screen.

RE: Ribbon
By Labotomizer on 2/24/2012 4:13:29 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft did studies and found that the ideal touch target is 7mm x 7mm at the smallest. So the majority of the ribbon would be good in either mode but some of the smaller options probably change size and orientation in touch mode. I've also heard rumors that instead of the ribbon in touch mode you'll hit the main ribbon heading and a radial of options will pop out from your finger. Then you'd select your option from there.

I personally think the Ribbon interface is great on a desktop and certainly superior than the former for touch but still wasn't perfect. I really think it will rock. There isn't a mobile/touch based office suite that can do anything close to the full suite. This will be the first.

Ribbon in touch mode?...
By ZmaxDP on 2/24/2012 3:55:28 PM , Rating: 2
I really hope that in enabling touch mode Microsoft moves away from the ribbon on the top of the screen. Touch, particularly on tablets, makes it much easier to access the sides of the screens without adjusting your grip or having to have a flat surface to rest it on.

In general, I really hope to see a true widescreen format tablet with the menus primarily on the side so that we can actually use them without having to constantly switch hands to hit this button or that option, etc...

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