At his keynote speech at the BUILD conference today
, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hyped how important touch is to Windows and the future of computing. But because of Microsoft's reliance on touch, Microsoft and others have dumbed down Windows 8 apps so that many are barely useful.
There's no doubt that Windows 8 apps -- now often called Modern apps -- are pretty to look at. And it certainly is fun and satisfying to swipe to your heart's content. But whether by design or accident, touch has hamstrung many apps. Those apps could be much more powerful if Microsoft designed dual interfaces into the same app, a simple one for touch, and a richer one for keyboard and mouse. You might accomplish 80% of what you want with the touch interface, and the remaining 20% with the keyboard.