Microsoft is planning to remedy Windows 7's lack of touch-centric features, that making it fail as a tablet operating system, with Windows 8. In this matter, a Microsoft job post for a Program Manager mentions there are new Visual Studio tools coming for touch-optimized Windows 8 PCs.
From the job posting:
You've already heard all the buzz about the next release of Windows, internally codenamed "Windows 8
"as announced at the All Things D conference in California on June 1st. This is your chance to work on the new Visual Studio tools that will enable developers to build these new, touch-optimized applications for Windows 8-based PC's. Don't you want to be a part of delivering the new set of tools to help developers build apps for this new and innovative platform?
As part of the Windows Tools team, you will be centrally positioned to directly impact the lives and creative content of all our customers. In this role, you will act as customer advocate for features and work with other Program Managers, Architects, Developers and Software Test Engineers to design the perfect developer experience for developing these applications. Your involvement will span multiple partner teams as your features will be core to their experiences as well. The Windows Tools team has the charter to shape and deliver high-quality developer experiences in Visual Studio, blending project creation, building, debugging, deployment of these applications for the most successful operating system in the world.
Another, job for Windows 8 entitled "Software Development Engineer II - Windows Live, Digital Memories Job" will be focusing on touch-first experiences:
The next version of Windows, codenamed "Windows 8" (http//j.mp/win8jlg), emphasizes touch-first, modern experiences. Want to get involved? Come join the team building photos/videos experiences for the new platform. We believe in shipping fast, fluid, immersive experiences to consumers, enabling them to effortlessly do spectacular things. Past work from this team includes Photo e-mail (http://j.mp/wlmphomail, Photo Fuse (http://j.mp/wlpgpf), Pano Stitch (http://j.mp/wlpgps), and AutoMovie (http://j.mp/wlmmam). We're now working on new touch-oriented experiences that allow the hundreds of millions of consumers easily communicate with their friends. We offer an environment where you can channel your creativity towards software innovation, work with world-class software engineers and hone your professional skills to grow your career.