“We Love Touch” But Windows 8.1 To Focus On Non-Touch; Windows Phone Eyes Wide-Ranging OEM Plan


Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft kicked off the action with a step that points to the company’s ambitions to continue to press ahead with its multi-hardware strategy, and to do it without leaving too many legacy Windows users behind. Joe Belfiore, head of platform at Microsoft covering phones, tablets and PCs, confirmed that a Windows 8.1 update coming this spring will be shifting its focus to be more accessible on non-touch devices, a wider range of hardware, and customizations that will be more friendly to the education and enterprise sectors.

But don’t call this a recall of touch: “None of the work we are doing has a negative effect on the touch experience at all,” Belfiore said. “We love touch.”

He said that the update will be coming “this spring”, with no more specific shipping date.

Also included, as people have reported, will be a return of…

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