During its big unveiling of the new Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft demonstrated a feature called Continuum, which is designed to make it easy for users to switch between touch interfaces and non-touch environments. One of the biggest criticisms of Windows 8 was that it was difficult for users of mice and keyboards to navigate the interfaces designed for touch, and touchscreen users had trouble navigating the traditional desktop that works so well with a mouse and keyboard.
With Continuum, Microsoft appears to be taking that criticism to heart, and it says the new interface design smoothes those transitions. Microsoft says this interface was built specifically for devices such as the Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Yoga, which have users switching between touch and non-touch interfaces often. Users will be prompted to switch between the touch and non-touch modes whenever they connect or disconnect the keyboard, and the Start screen and apps will adjust themselves acoordingly.
Windows 10 will be available for consumers late next year, but developers will be able to check out a preview of the operating system starting tomorrow.