You may have heard that Windows 10 is coming this year, bringing back the start menu and focusing on desktop improvements for mouse and keyboard users, while at the same time offering one OS that works universally across all devices from phone and tablet to PC, TVs and Xbox. As part of its technical preview program, new builds are being released every week and Microsoft is gathering feedback.
As part of the Windows 10 release, Microsoft is also releasing its free, touch-capable version of Microsoft Office as a universal app that runs on all Windows devices (recently, Microsoft has also released free, touch-capable Office apps for iOS and Android which were very well received!). Having heard about Microsoft Office team gauging interest in a LaTeX editor, I decided to create a suggestion in Microsoft's Uservoice site dedicated to the idea. I think I wrote a convincing case for Microsoft offering a free LaTeX solution that would be able to run on tablets and integrate with its cloud storage (OneDrive) together with an Office Online app. So far, the idea is gathering quite a bit of votes and interest!
Problem is, we're running into some resistance in the comments section from Microsoft Word users who (I presume) don't understand what LaTeX is and why what Word offers is fundamentally different.
I wanted to come to you, who, like myself, truly love LaTeX. I wanted to let you know about the idea, so that you could vote if you believe PC and tablet/mobile device users alike would benefit from a free and accessible, touch/cloud capable LaTeX offering from Microsoft. And also ask your help, I hope, in possibly sharing your thoughts in the idea's comments about why what LaTeX offers is not something that Word can offer (if you agree with me about that!).
Thanks so much for reading, and thank you for your help!