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Why is there two on screen keyboards in Windows 8?

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#1 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:11

I have been scratching my head at this, why is there two onscreen keyboards in Windows 8, what is the point?

 

 

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Best Answer +LimeMaster , 02 November 2013 - 23:33

The desktop one is probably there for backwards compatibility reasons.

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#2 ccoltmanm

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:14

Simple

 

The bottom is spread out to utilize space for touch enabled devices. The top is to fully replace a keyboard when you need it.



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:15

One is Metro. The other one is a traditional windows app.

You can't argue that the metro version looks far better and more modern.

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:17

The bottom one is superior to the top one and can be used type extensively like on a physical keyboard. I don't get why Microsoft stuck the one in the top photo in Windows 8. Additionally the Metro keyboard has the icon in the taskbar that launches it, which further raises the question why Microsoft included the desktop version keyboard at all.



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:18

One is so your chicken can peck out cries for help.



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:19

Simple, so if one breaks, you still have a backup :p

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:27

Hopefully Microsoft just gets rid of the desktop keyboard in the next Windows, it is so archaic, pointless, and cumbersome. The modern/metro keyboard is vastly superior in every possible way.  



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:28

Hopefully Microsoft just gets rid of the desktop keyboard in the next Windows, it is so archaic, pointless, and cumbersome. The modern/metro keyboard is vastly superior in every possible way.

really? That's fighting talk in these here parts... :angry:

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:30

Hopefully Microsoft just gets rid of the desktop keyboard in the next Windows, it is so archaic, pointless, and cumbersome. The modern/metro keyboard is vastly superior in every possible way.  

 

The Metro one doesn't work on the desktop.


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:31

The Metro one doesn't work on the desktop.

Yes it does, there is a keyboard icon in the desktop in Windows 8 that opens the metro/modern keyboard up.



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:32

Yes it does, there is a keyboard icon in the desktop in Windows 8 that opens the metro/modern keyboard up.

 
It seems the one that appears on your desktop isn't the same one you see within Metro. But still different from the on screen keyboard seen in the top image.


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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:32

I like the on screen keyboard. 

 

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:32

Chicken, have you been drinking this evening?

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:33   Best Answer

The desktop one is probably there for backwards compatibility reasons.



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 23:35

I don't see why this really matters though. It seems the old OSK has been left in for compatibility reasons but when do you ever actually use the old one? You have to manually launch it. Just don't launch it.