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Windows design team not giving up on killing the digital pen

Data drives design these days. Watching how users interact with their devices, studying trends, and running experiments are the only ways to know if a design is successful. At Microsoft the Window group is constantly discovering what works and what is a failure. Designers have lately been focused on crushing the dream of the digital pen forever.

Since the 90s Microsoft has been pretending to be interested in making the stylus as native as the mouse on a device. However with every single release it became clear that Microsoft wanted nothing more than to destroy the hopes of optimistic users. Windows 10 continues this practice of snuffing out any hope.

With inconsistent, confusing, and hidden UI elements it has become an open secret that Microsoft wants to root out all belief that a stylus could become the next mouse. Handwriting is easy and natural, but is incredibly painful to edit existing text, edit mistakes, and always takes two or three times the number of taps. Death by a thousand cuts will bleed digital pen advocates to death and the tablet PC taskforce at Microsoft will rejoice.





TheJoeFin View All

I work as an engineer in Milwaukee. Currently I work on a few different UWP apps primarily Ink Calendar.

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