Menu
Microsoft digs into 'natural interaction' technologies for touch-first Office

Microsoft digs into 'natural interaction' technologies for touch-first Office

The company is looking at digital ink, voice commands, gestures and immersive capabilities to play a big role in that Office edition

As it works on its much-anticipated version of Office for touch interfaces, Microsoft envisions building on what it calls "natural interaction" technologies like digital ink and voice recognition, according to a company official.

Today users can take notes and add comments on OneNote or a PowerPoint slide using a touch-enabled device with digital ink, and they can tap into speech recognition capabilities in Exchange to read transcripts of voice mail messages.

But Microsoft wants to go deeper into those technologies and others like gestures and large-scale immersive displays, said Sanjay Manchanda, Office product marketing director, in a presentation at the Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 conference.

"It's not just about consumption. We think of productivity as the ability to create content, take action, and to do that you need other modes of natural interaction that can come into play: voice-activated commands and gestures are going to play a big role as we look at how productivity tools will evolve," he said.

"You'll see more from Microsoft working to deliver on those," he added.

Microsoft has been very tight-lipped about this "touch first" edition of Microsoft, which some critics feel is way overdue, given the massive popularity of iPads and Android tablets for personal and work use. Manchanda's comments offer a bit of insight into how Office for touch interfaces will be different from the traditional version designed to be used with a mouse and keyboard.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags applicationsMicrosoftsoftwareOffice suites

Slideshows

Meet the leading HP partners in New Zealand...

Meet the leading HP partners in New Zealand...

HP has recognised its top performing partners in New Zealand at the second annual 2016 HP Partner Awards, held at a glittering bash in Auckland. The HP Partner Awards recognises and celebrates excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of its top partners. This year also saw the addition of several new categories, resulting in 11 companies winning across 11 award categories.

Meet the leading HP partners in New Zealand...
Channel comes together as Ingram Micro Showcase hits Auckland

Channel comes together as Ingram Micro Showcase hits Auckland

Ingram Micro outlined its core focuses for 2017 at Showcase in Auckland, bringing together the channel for a day of engaging keynotes, compelling breakout sessions and new technologies.

Channel comes together as Ingram Micro Showcase hits Auckland
Show Comments