Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Windows 8 Touch on your Desktop

I’ve been running a Dell 21.5” 1920x1080 touch screen on my desktop for the past year.  This monitor really brings Windows 8 to life on the desktop.  I still find my self using the short cuts often, but this makes using metro apps on the desktop a real treat! 

Although the Visual Studio 2012 Windows 8 emulator has some great tools to simulate touch/multi-touch, it’s not the same as using your fingers, to really get a feel for how your application works with touch, you really need to experience it with hardware.

Here’s a couple of relatively cheap touch screens from Compaq and Planer on Amazon for about $250.  These screen are generally optical multi-touch, not capacitive like most tablets/slates.  if you have a little spare cash and are doing Windows 8 development, this is a great investment.

Compaq L2105TM LCD Touch Monitor


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