Traditionally a consumer technology, touchscreens are starting to make waves in business.

The technology is appearing on a number of devices, including smartphones, tablets and more recently, PCs and all-in-ones.

With the ability to enable a mobile workforce, touchscreens come along with a multitude of applications. But what's driving touch in the enterprise?


The rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) is giving end users more influence over the hardware they use in the office, and many of them are choosing touchscreens because of their usability.


From tablets through to all-in-one PCs, hardware running Windows 8 - such as that made by Dell - offers the best touchscreen capabilities.

These devices are enabling mobility, but without the need to sacrifice functionality: PCs or mobile devices can still be used with a mouse and keyboard in the office.



Employees are taking to touchscreen apps as they strive to be more productive. The benefits of this are huge: most employees will have used apps as a consumer, so there is little training involved.

Enterprise apps are also a great way of helping employees be more efficient. However, there are risks and it is therefore important that firms provide staff with a number of 'approved' apps in order to stay secure.


Another driver is cloud: as the workforce becomes more mobile, employees are using touchscreens to access documents while on the move. This is seeing many take advantage of Microsoft's free online storage service OneDrive to access and share files from anywhere, without taking up space on devices.