Touch Screen Technology

Microsoft wants developers to start using touch screen user input in their applications. How do I know this? They gave away free touch screen laptops at a recent developer conference. I wish I were there.

A touch screen interface is not optimal for the general business user. However there are niche markets where it is the perfect input device. Microsoft started offering touch screen support on a large scale in the Windows 7 operating system.

Developers need to learn new skills to code touch screen support. Part of this education will be learning new touch screen support in WPF. They can also employ Silverlight 4 for touch screen apps.

The touch screen interface can be faster than a keyboard or mouse. It is really good for navigational purposes. The Microsoft Surface team recently released their SDK to the public. They make WPF controls. Now these controls can be used for a touch screen UI.