What Microsoft has done to optimize the Office 2013 with touch screen

What Microsoft has done to optimize the Office 2013 with touch screen

The induction to support access to tablet users is one of the highlights that Microsoft has referred to the release of Office 2013 , in the context of more and more customers to select the tablet for his work. This is also a necessary move to help the Windows 8 tablet better compete with rivals running Android, IOS is currently on the market. Microsoft has posted on his blog to tell more details about the design process as well as those specifically mentioned changes have been applied to Office 2013 becomes more friendly to the touch.
< br /> Microsoft believes that its customers will use Office in many places, at my desk and then manipulate the physical keyboard of the desktop, laptop, and when in other places such as buses, trains, planes , sitting in a chair, bed, ... they will use their tablet. The company has analyzed that the operation does most comfortable when used with a corresponding position. For example, when you want to type more, users will use the hard keyboard. When you want the proper orientation, people will think of the mouse, and touch is more appropriate for the zoom in / zoom out and scroll the page. In some positions such as standing, second sensor is often used. Each posture manipulation and such have their own strengths and a Microsoft Office suite to make sure its appropriate and will make users feel natural as possible despite being used for any purpose. < br />
Office design touch is conducted in two directions. Career first, it will completely rebuild a new one of their applications (OneNote and Lync) to its high compatibility with the touch interface and style of Windows 8 Metro. The second is to integrate these features touch-friendly version of Office Desktop. In this way, the mouse and keyboard input is two preferred design, and touch is to support and expand for the future.

The next step in the process of Development is building a "framework" to Microsoft that need to integrate sensing capabilities into Office like. After much research, Microsoft has found 5 areas to put effort into

touch sensitivity (responsiveness Touch)
level of success to the touch (Touch targeting) < br /> How to select text and objects (Selecting text & objects)
Type the word (Typing)
commands for the application (Commanding)

touch sensitivity
When you touch something, Microsoft wants it to respond immediately: document contents to "stick" with the finger when users zoom, the interface must reflect both the acceleration and emerged when we roll fast, to change the image size when pulling fingers, ... To do this, it has to use a "machine typesetting" to build up the image content and move around the screen with different effects. This requires Microsoft to use the service to graphics acceleration in hardware rather than the old GDI library.

How successful the touch
< br /> Success of touching something that depends largely on the physical size of the object. Fingers are more flexible than the pen or mouse, so everything should be larger to be able to make the user feel comfortable when using the touch screen. Windows 8 development team has a lot of research about this and research results were utilized to group Office suite of applications built the famous office.

Two applications OneNote and Lync built from scratch, so the group can ensure Office small part of this app to create two identical experience to the touch. Meanwhile, with the desktop version of the multiple controls (buttons, input boxes, labels to display text, ...) does not meet like that, so companies must think how to change size of them. Microsoft has found two types of interface elements that need to be made to the:

The fixed component of the interface that is always there before our eyes, such as the Quick Access Toolbar , status bar, Ribbon, with Outlook as folders. With this type of component, integrated Microsoft opted for a Touch Mode to Mode to make them out.
Not switch Touch switch Touch Mode Mode Yes

The components will appear depending context in response to manipulation of the user touches, such as context menu, Minibar. Because the objects in this category do not always appear so Microsoft can determine their size by manipulating the entry that entry is by induction or by mouse.

For the expression maps, images, geometric objects, the white dots to resize is also made to the, combined with the APIs for location-aware, the shape of Windows 8 finger to help customers feel more easily when in use.
Select text and objects

This is one of the most basic tasks in Office. Mouse and keyboard can be used to choose correctly, while the finger is not so, so Microsoft has added a two block as shown below to help select the text easier. This is a two block will appear on many other Windows applications 8. There are many things to choose, a user's fingers will touch and hold on a certain object, then use a finger touch again to continue adding other ingredients.

Type the word

Windows 8 has invested heavily on the virtual keyboard on Windows 8, so both MX and OneNote applications Lync do not have so much trouble. When a text box, virtual keyboard and interactions manifest itself through the Windows API functions. As for the app on the desktop are not so tasty on the older operating system a bit, so employers must make additional adjustments to the other:

Looking to the keyboard when necessary. For users of Windows 7 and Office 2010, they must press a button, but Windows 8 is already available to appear and function.
Keyboard not obscure what is imported. On Windows 8 ships with several API functions to inform the application when the keyboard appears, when lost, from which applications can be rolled to fit more content. Speaking of working with a screen area is limited by the keyboard cover lost one, it will become even more frustrating when the Ribbon appears. Therefore, Microsoft has set the default that the Ribbon is located in a collapsed mode on the tablet. There is also a full-screen mode for users to hide the Ribbon and status bar going to be able to focus on creating content.
Reduce the overall input. The application will show the menu suggestions and the actions that users often used (MRU) to help reduce what needs to be manipulated. These clouds will be synchronized to any device the user will be updated and created a high comfort level if you have more than one PC. Flash Fill in Excel 2013 is a complementary component for reducing data entry.

Command is the last field in bringing experience to the user touch Office. Thanks to the research and data collection programs Customer Experience Improvement Program users, Microsoft found that many operations that most users use the keyboard, such as cut, paste, delete. Not to mention can not hit the buttons on the Ribbon, contextual menu, minibar. The company has launched a couple of raw materials to solve problems with touch screen:

The common operations easier to find and run quickly
The buttons are organized ranked similarities between experience and touch your mouse / keyboard
Operations on the keyboard (cut / paste / copy / delete) should be easy to use
overall experience familiar to and "to the touch." Office
When using touch, users will perform different actions when they sit the desk to use the mouse and keyboard, so the small component of the Office will be changed accordingly. The space saving vertical screen is also very important. And the following elements apply:

minibar minibar first appeared in Office 2007, including a range of common command will appear when the user select a text object or something. Microsoft has added the buttons such as cut, paste, copy, edit, crop, ... to restrict the move to the buttons on the Ribbon as well as reducing working with virtual keyboard.

With more rarely used commands (Microsoft calls command level two), its layout it on the small arrow in the mini bar as shown below.

In-Canvas Commands

The communication with others is one of the world strength of the tablet, so Microsoft expect users will spend more time for Outlook to view, interact and sorting email. There are often used to manipulate the Outlook as Reply, Reply All, Forward, Delete, Move to Folder, Flag and Mark as Unread. These have been applied to bar thumb to fingers can reach them more easily. Please find the following video to learn more.

Menu rounded

This appears during data entry and when editing on the MX OneNote. All these commands are used to this layout and will change to suit the context. If you need other tools, users can slide your finger from the screen, or touch the arrows located at the perimeter of the circle.

App Bar < br />
Like the eight other Windows applications, OneNote and Lync on this operating system to use App Bar. It is a black bar appears at the bottom edge of the screen and will appear by sliding your finger from the bottom up or press the right mouse button. Press the Windows key + Z it showed similar results. App Bar contains nothing that users often interact with applications such as notebook display, delete section is selected, rename the section, copy the link, ...

According to Microsoft



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