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Why is there two on screen keyboards in Windows 8?

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Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

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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ccoltmanm    131

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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LaP    1,707

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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Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

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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Hum    6,929

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

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+The Evil Overlord    17,400

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

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Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

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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+The Evil Overlord    17,400

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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mrp04    295

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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Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

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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mrp04    295

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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123456789A    4,708

I like the on screen keyboard. 

 

- Sent from my Windows 8.1 device

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+The Evil Overlord    17,400

Chicken, have you been drinking this evening?

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+LimeMaster    14,622

The desktop one is probably there for backwards compatibility reasons.

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mrp04    295

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. 

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Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

Here is the Modern Keyboard on the desktop. I don't see any reason for the archaic desktop keyboard to be in Windows 8.

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LaP    1,707

The desktop one is probably there for backwards compatibility reasons.

I'm sure he gave you the best answer just to make the background of your post green lime. Life is unfair ...

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LaP    1,707

Here is the Modern Keyboard on the desktop. I don't see any reason for the archaic desktop keyboard to be in Windows 8.

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Are you possessed by Dot Matrix ???

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+LimeMaster    14,622

I'm sure he gave you the best answer just to make the background of your post green lime. Life is unfair ...

I didn't even realize I was picked for the best answer. :laugh:

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Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

Are you possessed by Dot Matrix ???

Printers cant possess chickens

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neo158    263

The onscreen keyboards work throughout the OS. See the little keyboard icon in the bottom left of the keyboard in the bottom picture, it lets you change the type of keyboard you're using from the regular Windows 8 keyboard to split keyboard, handwriting recognition and the full keyboard from the first picture.

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the_new_normal    0

The 'modern' keyboard doesn't always show text predictions, while the old one does, which I find really strange.

 

This is the first forum I've found to mention the two keyboards, so thanks for confirming I'm not bonkers

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68k    290

The top one is:

1. part of the accessibility features in Windows (been there since XP at least), and

2. there for apps that run on the Desktop that don't have the functionality to call up the on-screen keyboard when required (it now can be brought up with a single tap (instead of having to go through Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Accessibility-->On-Screen Keyboard)).

 

The bottom one is the native Win 8 keyboard.

 

See, it's XP as well:

 

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I just wish Remote Desktop had native soft-keyboard support (some kind of add-on you could install onto the host PC to enable this would be nice)...

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notuptome2004    140

question for the  OP is ther a reason you somehow are still running the windows 8  Developer preview build   that is very very old  

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WinMetro    0

The On Screen Keyboard is for accessibility reasons and is part of Ease of Access. The OSK has access to keyboard keys that you wont find in the Touch Keyboard like Windows Key, Ctrl, Alt, Esc. The Touch Keyboard is optimized for touch, so a lot of keys were taken out. The OSK makes sense on the desktop when you need to execute a shortcut without a keyboard (like WinKey + Tab) while the Touch Keyboard is great in Metro and works the desktop as well.

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