Windows 8 touch keyboard gets updated in pre-beta build

While we are still at least a few months away from then next major public release of Windows 8, new shots of the touch keyboard have been leaked. The latest leak comes from Winunleaked.tk and shows a couple new options for the keyboard that are not currently available on the developers preview. 

The one new feature besides a slight design tweak is that you can now enlarge the keyboard. This minor update will make it easier for those who are not used to a software style keyboard to better adapt to the new interface.

Current WDP Layout

Updated Keyboard

Is this a major update, certainly not, but it does show that Microsoft is considering usability with all aspects of Windows 8. 

Microsoft is currently scheduled to release the Windows 8 beta in late February. At the current time, speculation has included a showing of Windows 8 at CES but what all that might entail, if it is even shown, is not currently known. 

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Still waiting for a number row. Imagine all the work involved in writing 1337 speak kr all these cutesy URLs people keep coming up with.

Einlander said,
Still waiting for a number row. Imagine all the work involved in writing 1337 speak kr all these cutesy URLs people keep coming up with.

The button in the bottom left of the keyboard changes the keyboard layout to display numbers and characters. If it's anything like WP7 you'll be able to just click and drag to select a number and then return to the normal keyboard in a single gesture. Having said that, I don't know how that gesture will work with the split keyboard.

jakem1 said,

The button in the bottom left of the keyboard changes the keyboard layout to display numbers and characters. If it's anything like WP7 you'll be able to just click and drag to select a number and then return to the normal keyboard in a single gesture. Having said that, I don't know how that gesture will work with the split keyboard.

Awesome! I didn't know I could do that on my WP7! Then again I never use the on screen keyboard. My DVP keyboard is quite awesome.

The one thing that is annoying: the physical keyboard is missing a plus button and an underscore button (or alternate function). Apparently Microsoft also things these buttons aren't important as they're hidden in the second symbols screen on the on screen keyboard, so I can't use this cool drag gesture I just learned.

I don't like how there's a rainbow colored, slanted text between they two parts of the keyboard. Makes the UI look very busy and doesn't add any functionality.

Enron said,
I don't like how there's a rainbow colored, slanted text between they two parts of the keyboard. Makes the UI look very busy and doesn't add any functionality.

sure adds publicity for WinUnleaked.tk

Enron said,
I don't like how there's a rainbow colored, slanted text between they two parts of the keyboard. Makes the UI look very busy and doesn't add any functionality.

Lol. Not sure if trolling or just stupid.

Enron said,
I don't like how there's a rainbow colored, slanted text between they two parts of the keyboard. Makes the UI look very busy and doesn't add any functionality.

What?

Ambroos said,

Lol. Not sure if trolling or just stupid.

He was talking the **** out of the website that put's the worlds worst watermarks.

Enron said,
I don't like how there's a rainbow colored, slanted text between they two parts of the keyboard. Makes the UI look very busy and doesn't add any functionality.

i agree, and i also dont like the fact there are three keyboards on screen on each side, does microsoft think i have six hands?!!!!!11

Ambroos said,

Lol. Not sure if trolling or just stupid.

... what really? I thought it was kinda obvious, since I had made this joke before.

Jan said,
I wish iOS could do this

I do believe that it can, since iOS5. There was a gesture, pulling the two halves of the keyboard apart in order to have the split keyboard. Sizing, on the other hand, was not an option that I can remember

Sraf said,

I do believe that it can, since iOS5. There was a gesture, pulling the two halves of the keyboard apart in order to have the split keyboard. Sizing, on the other hand, was not an option that I can remember


Yea, don't know which feature he wished for, but yes iOS 5 does have a split keyboard but no resizing.
To split the keyboard you have to tap the button which also hides the keyboard and slide upwards as son as you touch the screen, if there is any delay the 'gesture' won't work, yea odd. The alternative is taping and holding the same button (that hides the keyboard when simply tapped) which will give you a menu with the option to just undock the keyboard and the option to split it (which aslo undocks it.
When undocked the keyboard can be moved around by taping the same button and sliding up and down, moving all the way back down will merge and dock it again, this can also be done by taping and holding the button to get the menu with an option for it.

Sraf said,

I do believe that it can, since iOS5. There was a gesture, pulling the two halves of the keyboard apart in order to have the split keyboard. Sizing, on the other hand, was not an option that I can remember

I knew about splitting the keyboard, but currently you cannot resize it.