Microsoft seems to be putting a lot of emphasis on how to make its applications and services more touch-friendly. They recently rolled out a compact and tablet-optimized taskbar for Windows 11 22H2 devices, showing its commitment to making Windows more optimized for touch.
They have also been working on an improved webpage search tool that brings a couple of new and handy features.
Windows is not the only one benefiting from Microsoft’s touch efforts. Microsoft is currently testing a new Touch Mode for the Edge browser with the purpose of making the browser more optimized for touch devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro.
While some parts of the Edge interface are already well-optimized for touch devices, this is for the first time we are seeing a dedicated UI designed to work on touch devices. Edge users have been asking for improved touchscreen support since the demise of Edge Legacy.
When you turn on the Touch Mode, all browser elements become slightly bigger. According to the feature’s description, the size of browser elements like buttons and tabs is increased when you turn the touch mode on.
If you are using Edge on a convertible PC, you can select the Auto option from the Touch mode drop-down menu. And doing so will make Edge recognize when you are using Windows using touch and offer you the touch layout accordingly.
Microsoft is currently testing the feature in the Edge Canary channel and is currently available for a few selected users for now. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones, you can make Edge more touch-optimized by navigating to Settings> Appearance> Touch.