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Latest Windows 8 Leak Shows New Keyboard

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

All those years of trying to avoid fingerprints on your monitor? Those are over.

After seeing the tile-based Windows 8 UI preview that Microsoft showed earlier this month, it's clear that tablets and touch-screen devices are going to be a bigger consideration than ever.

Microsoft will have to design a text input system for those running Windows 8 without a physical keyboard, and that means a virtual on-screen keyboard.

Winrumors has posted a video from the latest leaked Windows 8 build 7989 that features a new keyboard that features a split variation with emoticon support and predictive text input.

Windows 8 virtual keyboard

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    dragonfang18 , June 20, 2011 6:25 PM
    stm1185So their updating the onscreen keyboard that has been around for years. Are they updating the calculator too?


    Ohhh man, If they could give my a scientific graphing calculator that could transfer the graphs to office I would wet myself!
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    Anonymous , June 20, 2011 6:03 PM
    There is also supposed to be support for SMS.
    http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/20/new-windows-8-leak-hints-at-sms-support-feature-licensing-geo/
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    stm1185 , June 20, 2011 6:04 PM
    So their updating the onscreen keyboard that has been around for years. Are they updating the calculator too?
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    aoneone , June 20, 2011 6:07 PM
    What the hell is new about this?

    Onscreen keyboard Devorak's been around since Windows 95.

    Gimmie a break this insult added to Justin Beiber theme ? Good lord, what else are we expected before our firey demise? ^^ Have a nice day. =)
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    Anonymous , June 20, 2011 6:09 PM
    They already have a virtual keyboard... They redesigned it?
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    dragonfang18 , June 20, 2011 6:25 PM
    stm1185So their updating the onscreen keyboard that has been around for years. Are they updating the calculator too?


    Ohhh man, If they could give my a scientific graphing calculator that could transfer the graphs to office I would wet myself!
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    clonazepam , June 20, 2011 6:36 PM
    I really hope the voice commands from Win7 gets a good overhaul in Win8. I can only say "start listening" so many damned times...lol
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    Hothr , June 20, 2011 6:36 PM
    Oh good! It has emoticons built in! Now I can add a 8-P face for two key presses instead of 4.

    Am I the only adult male who finds it embarrassing to use even the basic :) 

    Imagine if they had a calculator that had more power than my TI-89!
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    Anonymous , June 20, 2011 6:45 PM
    for God sake get something like swype, it cant be that hard, buy them out if you have to.....
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    drwho1 , June 20, 2011 6:50 PM
    M$ just gave another reason not to care about their stupid windows8.
    Windows8 keeps looking a lot like Windows ME.
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    christop , June 20, 2011 7:08 PM
    I have got over being taken on vista. Now 7 is the new well kinda for me how in the hell does ms think people are going to jump on win8 when most have just switched to 7.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 20, 2011 7:38 PM
    No, no, NO! **** this! Why the hell is every software developer so set on taking the physical keyboard and mouse away from us?! Just what the the hell is wrong with it? Oh yeah, it's "old" by now, I get it! Stupid show-offs...
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    mactronix , June 20, 2011 8:08 PM
    We want usability functionality and stability.
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    SteelCity1981 , June 20, 2011 8:16 PM
    Great and no one really cares. I knew this would happen MS. Since MS can't use Windows 7 as a backdrop to upgrade to Windows 8 like they did with Windows Vista for Windows 7, they have to screw around with stuff that already works by adding bloatware and garbage onto their OS.
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    fir_ser , June 20, 2011 8:54 PM
    Interesting but this Keyboard isn’t that attractive.
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    stalker7d7 , June 20, 2011 8:58 PM
    How about...no. Too slow. They'd have better luck making a material for the screen that doesn't leave fingerprints than getting people to use that "keyboard".
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    ravewulf , June 20, 2011 9:07 PM
    stm1185So their updating the onscreen keyboard that has been around for years. Are they updating the calculator too?

    The onscreen keyboard was updated in Vista (as part of tablet input panel only) and again in 7 (used throughout the whole OS). This is just another regular-ish update between versions.

    Calculator was updated in 7 (but still not as cool as the XP Powertoy Calculator which did have graphing functions). We'll just have to wait and see if calculator gets another update.
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    ravewulf , June 20, 2011 9:13 PM
    amk-aka-phantomNo, no, NO! **** this! Why the hell is every software developer so set on taking the physical keyboard and mouse away from us?! Just what the the hell is wrong with it? Oh yeah, it's "old" by now, I get it! Stupid show-offs...

    They aren't taking it away, this is just an option for when you don't have a physical keyboard. It was even in Windows XP under Accessibility Options
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    DSpider , June 20, 2011 11:10 PM
    Oh, great. More shit "borrowed" from KDE (like the backspace key indicator).

    The smileys are total crap. What is that ? A bowl of rice ?? Trying to suck up to Asian people now ?
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    captaincharisma , June 21, 2011 12:22 AM
    DSpiderOh, great. More shit "borrowed" from KDE (like the backspace key indicator).The smileys are total crap. What is that ? A bowl of rice ?? Trying to suck up to Asian people now ?


    linux fanboi much?
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    nebun , June 21, 2011 1:09 AM
    i love my physical keyboard...try playing a game with this so called virtual keyboard....you can't, lol
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