Sneak peek at Office touch?

Does this Microsoft document give a peek at the touch screen version of Office aka Office Gemini?

A document from Microsoft Research has got some people excited because it might reveal how Office software as a touch/Metro/Modern app (aka Office Gemini) will look.

As part of a discussion about ‘Great Inking’ – the future possibilities for virtual ink on documents, there are some enticing screen shots.

Here’s their version of Word. It doesn’t show any tabs, just a basic home/formatting toolbar.

http://img.office-watch.com/ow/Great%20Ink%201.png image from Sneak peek at Office touch? at Office-Watch.com

The Excel screen is a little more plausible with some tabs, File, Home, Insert and View.

http://img.office-watch.com/ow/Great%20Ink%202.png image from Sneak peek at Office touch? at Office-Watch.com

This PowerPoint image has an unusually large Home button on left.

http://img.office-watch.com/ow/Great%20Ink%203.png image from Sneak peek at Office touch? at Office-Watch.com

Microsoft developers are regularly playing around with the interface and designs – the vast majority never see the light of day. Most likely these images are from some of those temporary or test interfaces.

A future Office for Android and Office apps for Windows 8/9 will look much the same as Office 2013 and Office for iPad. There’ll be tabs, ribbons etc – all the familiar, but not always loved, elements. The spacing and buttons will be larger to accommodate fingers rather than a mouse pointer. Office for

The document does have some interesting looks at possible pen interfaces like this toolbar for selecting colors etc.

http://img.office-watch.com/ow/Great%20Ink%204.png image from Sneak peek at Office touch? at Office-Watch.com

The site and document are really about setting some parameters for a consistent ‘vision’ of ink based computing across Windows, Office and other programs.

If you’re interested, have a look but keep in mind that we’ve been seeing promises and visions of ink computing for well over a decade with little to show for it.

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