Joe Belfiore On Windows 8.1 Update: “We Still LOVE And BELIEVE IN Touch”

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After taking over his new job of overseeing both Windows and Windows Phone user experience, Joe Belfiore today met the press at MWC during Microsoft’s press event. He said that Microsoft is committed to making Windows the best place for our partners to build great devices. Windows now supports different screen sizes, input methods, connectivity needs, and usage scenarios, but Microsoft wants it to run beautifully on hardware made by partners around the world.

With Windows 8, there’s no doubt that we made a big bet and took a first step toward that future. We bet on touch and on mobility in a big way, and included a fresh take on what a touch-based interface could be for customers. We believe deeply in this direction and the future will continue to build on Windows 8.

We shipped Windows 8.1 in under a year in response to customer and partner feedback, and we’ll continue to refine and improve Windows to deliver a productive and delightful experience for all users on all devices. And, you’ll see us continue on a more rapid release cadence where we deliver ongoing value to all your Windows devices.

He also spoke about the upcoming update to Windows 8.1, coming this spring which includes no.of improvements for keyboard and mouse users. But he assured that Microsoft still loves touch and will remain committed to it.

  • We’ll enable our partners to build lower cost hardware for a great Windows experience at highly competitive price points.
  • We are making improvements to the user interface that will naturally bridge touch and desktop, especially for our mouse and keyboard users. We have a number of targeted UI improvements that keep our highly satisfying touch experience intact, but that make the UI more familiar and more convenient for users with mouse/keyboard. Don’t worry, we still LOVE and BELIEVE IN touch… but you’ll like how much more smooth and convenient these changes make mouse and keyboard use!
  • We are enhancing support for enterprise customers via a few tweaks, particularly including features that greatly improve IE8 compatibility in Internet Explorer 11, which is especially critical for web-based line of business applications. Additionally, we’re extending mobile device management capabilities and making deployment easier.

Source: Microsoft