When I saw the promotional video of the Surface Book for the first time, the moment when the keyboard and the screen were separated, countless amazing thoughts filled my brain: Is this real? Is this a notebook we can have now? This is the ultimate form of laptops!
▲ Surface Book promotional video
After so many years, the Surface Book is no longer as amazing as it was in the past, but it is productive with the keyboard, and the two-in-one device of the tablet and notebook that is full of entertainment by the keyboard is still my ultimate pursuit of portable products. .
However, after experiencing many Windows 10 tablets, I know that we are still far from this goal.
Why is it not easy to use a Windows tablet?
In 2015, Xiaomi launched its latest tablet product, the Mi Pad 2. One of its major features is that it can be flashed into the Windows 10 system, “not only allows you to maintain high work efficiency while on the move. More importantly, you can be familiar with it. It’s like using a computer.”
▲ Picture from mi.com
After a period of hands-on experience, I came to a conclusion: Windows 10 is not suitable for tablets.
First of all, the desktop interface designed for the mouse has a short button distance, which is not suitable for finger operation, and the finger cannot achieve the effect of mouse “hover”. Although there is a touch keyboard, waking up the keyboard will cover most of the screen, which looks like an interface in the Android 2.x era.
▲ The key design of many software is entirely for desktop
Although Windows 10 has a tablet mode and there are many apps in the Microsoft Store, whether it’s the optimization of the system’s gesture operation or the usability of the apps in the store, they can only be described as “general”-the most important thing is that I have already used With Windows, you can’t use desktop-level Office suites and Photoshop, which is always a bit disappointing.
▲ Picture from: YouTube @IX_PRISM Nine Prism
Later, I had to use desktop software to ensure the productivity of Windows when the keyboard and mouse were externally connected, and to use the Android app through the emulator when I was holding it to ensure the touch experience.
——It looks like a good choice, but there are actually many problems: Windows mode has no official keyboard and mouse, so I can only connect to the docking station, losing portability, and using the Android app on the emulator also cost me the performance and the optimization of MIUI that year.
The interface designed for the mouse and keyboard, the lack of software ecology, and the X86 architecture seems to be more power-consuming than the ARM architecture. Windows 10 tablets have no way to bring us an excellent experience.
Five years ago, I was a student, willing to toss peripherals and install simulators for the experience; nowadays I am busy with a bad experience, and I just give up.
A new experience in the new Windows 11
Manufacturers naturally also know that Windows 10 has a poor experience on tablets, so for a long time, one-click switching between Android and Windows systems has been a key feature of many tablets, and Microsoft seems to be aware of this, and finally Brought the Android app to Windows 11.
In addition to being compatible with Android apps, Microsoft’s other optimizations for touch in Windows 11 will allow us to see the future of Windows tablets.
First of all, it was the start menu that “violated the ancestral precepts”. It was originally on the far left, and it came to the middle of the bottom menu bar. This makes the friends who use the mouse lose the fun of throwing the pointer to the lower left corner to open the start menu, but it makes the touch screen users have the convenience of reaching out. Do you think this operation looks like pressing the Home button on the iPad?
The optimization of the system level for touch is more than just the start menu. On Windows 11, whether it is the icon of the control center or the right-click menu, it is wider and more suitable for touch.
At the same time, when the window is zoomed in and out, the system also has a lot of interactive reminders to make our feedback when using it more clear.
At the same time, Windows 11 also moved a series of operations on the touchpad to the screen. In addition to sliding in from the edge to open the widget and notification center, three-finger swipe up to open the task view, three-finger swipe down to return to the desktop, and four-finger swipe left and right. Switching virtual desktops, etc., the operations are more intuitive.
▲ The animation is a little bit broken
And the desktop keyboard that once made me complain, finally has a brand new optimization. First of all, it looks better. Windows has a variety of built-in skins, from simple gray to stunning colorful, you can choose your favorite keyboard skin.
The size of the keyboard also has more choices.
The keyboard of Windows 11 also has two special forms: split mode and handwriting mode. Whether you are holding a tablet for input or using a stylus to handwriting to text, you can get a better input experience.
At the same time, Windows 11 also optimizes voice input, which can realize global voice input and automatically add punctuation to it. In the official demo video, it’s no problem to delete a sentence and select all, bold and enlarge it.
And the “Touch Bar” that was supposed to be logged in with Windows 10X has become the emoji window of the touch keyboard. Although it is less amazing at first sight, you can still see the Surface Neo at the moment you see it. A glimpse of the illusion.
The adjustment of the basic UI, the improvement of the gesture operation and the optimization of the input method cannot solve the problem of the shortage of Windows tablet software. As mentioned earlier, Microsoft has given a nearly perfect solution: native support for Android apps.
Although the current version of Windows 11 cannot run Android apps, according to the presentations at the press conference and the multi-screen collaboration functions launched by various mobile phone manufacturers, maybe the combination of touch-screen operations and Windows large-screen multi-tasking for Android apps will form two things. The perfect symbiosis of mutual benefit and win-win.
▲ Huawei’s multi-screen collaboration function
How many people, like me, were amazed by the Surface Book and disappointed by the Windows 10 tablet experience? Now that Windows 11 is about to be released, will it be compatible with Android apps. Will it become our new choice for tablets?
What can we expect in the future
Let us roll back the time to October 2, 2019. That night may be the Microsoft conference that has brought you the most surprises in recent years.
Whether it’s the stunning Surface Neo and Windows 10X, the future-oriented Surface Pro X equipped with ARM-based chips, or the Microsoft Surface Duo, which is gently taken out of the backpack, is enough to make Microsoft The supporters are surging. And that night, I once again felt the excitement when I first saw the Surface Book keyboard and the display separated.
Two years have passed. Although everything we expected after the press conference was not fulfilled, all the attempts were not without effect. We can see the touch screen optimizations on Windows 10X on Windows 11. We can also think of the exquisite Surface Pro X when Microsoft announced that Windows 11 natively supports Android apps, but was criticized for its ARM architecture compatibility, and even When the Windows 11 computer is connected to the external display, you can see a little shadow of the Surface Neo.
What can we expect about the future of Windows 11?
Although the current version of Windows 11 does not yet support Android apps, I don’t know in what form it will be displayed. But we might as well imagine the appearance of a Windows 11 computer: it has a powerful performance with a keyboard connected to it, and a variety of professional software and tools are enough for us to deal with various problems in work and study; it has the keyboard removed, although the performance is good It is lowered, but it can still run Android apps smoothly, reading entertainment and gaming videos. The touch optimization of the Android app fills in the shortcomings of the Windows software, and the large screen of the Windows computer makes the multitasking of the Android app a better experience.
Remember the moment when the keyboard and the screen were separated in the Surface Book promo? The idea of marveling at the “Ultimate Form of Notebook Computer” may really be presented to us like Windows 11.
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