Should Microsoft Spend Time On Keyboard Sounds In Windows Phone 7?
"Windows Phone 7 will feature eight click sounds that are subtly different from each other, and are just a bit quieter than the single click of Apple's iOS, reports Long Zheng. Each of Microsoft's clicks is "a slight variation from the one that comes before it, and they occur in a round-robin pattern," Matthew Bennett, senior sound and sensory designer for Windows Phone, said in a recent talk."
OK, this "sounds" a little over the top, but indeed it seems like Microsoft has spent at least some time and effort on what one might consider a minor feature of their new smartphone operating system. Website seattlepi.com has posted an article referencing Microsoft's Matthew Bennett, who sports the title Senior Sound and Sensory Designer for Windows Phone, that suggests there are eight unique click sounds in play when you type on the Windows Phone 7 soft keyboard. "Why bother", you ask? Bennett claims that research has proven that sound can actually affect the touch sensory experience. This is something that we'll probably all have to try for ourselves to see if we perceive a difference, but it seems a little strange. Audio experts out there: will this make a big difference?