By combining the two, Microsoft researchers are working on a whole new variety of tools for interacting with your computer. There are also plans to adapt this user interface to work on mobile devices. Citation: Microsoft’s ‘Manual Deskterity’ Enhances User Touchscreen Experience (w/ Video) (2010, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-microsofts-manual-deskterity-user-touchscreen.html Microsoft Announces Windows Mobile 6.5 Pen writes, touch manipulates. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Pen plus touch equals new set of tools. (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft’s “Manual Deskterity” combines touch and pen for a more natural user experience working with Microsoft Surface (tabletop touchscreen) and newer versions of Windows 7 tablet. Microsoft’s aims are to combine pen and multi-touch input into a more natural user experience. For example, moving papers around on your desk and jotting notes on them, and then dropping them into folders for filing. The pen input is great for certain tasks, but not others; the same holds true for touch. Microsoft’s new user interface exhibits many interesting features when combining the pen and touch interaction on the touchscreen. Take for instance, if a user wanted to copy an object, they can do so by holding it down with one hand and dragging the pen across the image to peel off a new one and place it anywhere on the desk. Microsoft’s Bill Buxton explains what the Natural User Interface is all about, in the above video. Microsoft’s researchers have arrived at the following perspective: the pen writes, touch manipulates, and the combination of both yields new tools. Microsoft’s “Manual Deskterity” adds power and a more natural user experience to the tablet PC. Pen writes, touch manipulates. Pen plus touch equals new set of tools. The above video demonstrates many user interface techniques that would have to be learned to fully utilize all the features incorporated into “Manual Deskterity”. Microsoft believes that the natural user interface will ease the learning process and prevent users from trying to remember a sequence of commands or menu operations. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.