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Microsoft Hardware

Windows 10 is Adding SwiftKey, Laying the Groundwork For Dual-Screen Tablets (cnet.com) 41

Sean Hollister, writing for CNET: Microsoft-owned SwiftKey was one of the first virtual keyboards to offer intelligent, predictive swipe-typing on Android and iOS phones, and now Microsoft has announced that it will become the default keyboard for touchscreen-equipped Windows 10 computers as well. "SwiftKey will now power the typing experience on Windows when using the touch keyboard to write in English (United States), English (United Kingdom), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Spanish (Spain), Portuguese (Brazil), or Russian," reads a portion of Microsoft's blog post. Which could be pretty handy if the rumors are true: Microsoft is reportedly planning to ship several new Surface tablets this year, including a new low-cost Surface slate and the dual-screen "Andromeda." Dual screens were a theme among laptop manufacturers at Computex last week, too.

Windows 10 is Adding SwiftKey, Laying the Groundwork For Dual-Screen Tablets

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  • How are you supposed to touch type without any feedback from the keys?

    You will be reduced to hunt and peck and very short documents.

    • I wouldn't worry too much about it. Microsoft will find a way to make this un-buyable.
      • by Misagon ( 1135 )

        Indeed. Most current Microsoft tablets are neither functional tablets nor functional PCs but still crippled half-arsed compromises.

        The devices need ports, to be able to receive power and forward power to a device that has a single USB lead.
        I often use a 8" Lenovo Yoga Tab with Windows 10. The hardware is pretty good except for having only one port. I want a proper OS on it that allows me to do file management.
        But Windows' user interface in "tablet mode" is half-assed, and would be completely unusable if the

        • by Agripa ( 139780 )

          Indeed. Most current Microsoft tablets are neither functional tablets nor functional PCs but still crippled half-arsed compromises.

          The devices need ports, to be able to receive power and forward power to a device that has a single USB lead.

          Microsoft is just following Apple's lead on how to be courageous. Nobody needs a physical keyboard when a virtual one will do so ports are legacy items which will be deprecated.

      • by Agripa ( 139780 )

        I wouldn't worry too much about it. Microsoft will find a way to make this un-buyable.

        So you mean make physical keyboards unbuyable? Now that I can believe.

    • Put your wrists on the edge of the tablet, and have your fingers memorize the distance to the keys (virtual keys). It sounds miserable but you can do it (and yes it is miserable).
    • by Agripa ( 139780 )

      How are you supposed to touch type without any feedback from the keys?

      You will be reduced to hunt and peck and very short documents.

      Touch typing is only supported on enterprise versions of Windows. Consumers are not licensed to produce content.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Great! That gives me TWO screens that voice recognition programs won't recognise, not just one! That's twice the frustration!

    I do wish that normal speakers of English didn't have to sound like Americans to speak to a computer.

  • We've had plenty of dual-screen devices (mainly phones), and they are really cool. They just don't have any use case, they are toys. No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame.

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