Microsoft to Bring Multi-Touch to Windows 7

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News Posted: Tue, May 27 2008 10:35 PM
Microsoft is going multi-touch crazy. First it was the Microsoft Surface technology, which debuted last year at The Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) fifth edition of its D Conference. Next came multi-touch walls, which Bill Gates demonstrated only a few weeks ago at Microsoft's own CEO Summit. Fast forward to last night, and (not coincidentally) Bill Gates showed off Microsoft's latest multi-touch foray at WSJ's sixth edition of its D Conference -- this time multi-touch is going to be an integral element of the next version of Windows, Windows 7.

"Touch is quickly becoming a common way of directly interacting with software and devices. Touch-enabled surfaces are popping up everywhere including laptop touch pads, cell phones, remote controls, GPS devices, and more. What becomes even more compelling is when this experience is delivered to the PC -on a wide variety of Windows notebooks, in all-in-one PC's, as well as in external monitors. In working with our broad ecosystem of hardware and software manufactures, we're excited to be showing some of the great work and investments we are working on in Windows 7."



This is a natural progression of technological development for Microsoft. Each version of Microsoft's multi-touch technology piggy-backs off the advances of previous iterations. By the time that Windows 7 ships (which could be as early as sometime next year), the technology should have reached the threshold where the cost to physically implement it is minimal.

The multi-touch interface is quickly becoming ubiquitous and might very well be on its way to becoming the next tipping point for how we interface with our computers and electronics. The most popular multi-touch devices currently on the market are Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. Some enterprising engineers have even published open-source plans for an inexpensive,
DIY Microsoft Surface-like device. AUO has recently showcased what it calls its "in-cell multi-touch technology," where the touch functionality is integrated directly "into the TFT manufacturing process without adding an additional [layer of] glass." This should make for a more efficient and cost-effective means of manufacturing multi-touch panels.
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I seen this a while back being demoed by Microsoft looks real cool!

 

 

 

 

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SqUiD267 replied on Wed, May 28 2008 5:14 AM

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I remember now I seen it on TV on the Today Show thats something I could find myself playing with!

 

 

 

 

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Lev_Astov replied on Wed, May 28 2008 6:49 AM
Curiously, I never saw them touching the screen in more than two places in that video. The piano program would have been a perfect time for all ten fingers to touch the screen, but the moron only used one finger through all of that one. I want to know how many discreet points this can handle.

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Good point Lev. I was thinking that there was nothing done there that couldn't be done without a mouse, except the Piano. But unfortunately he didn't starting jazzing out on it.

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Multitouch has been in development for a long time now (since about 2002). Long before the iphone was introduced. But I can already hear it starting. "Microsoft is just copying apple again." You know Apple will go there :P
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ice_73 replied on Wed, May 28 2008 8:17 AM
imagine counter strike on a touch monitor.... you hands will get tired pretty fast O_o i dont think touch is the way of the future for computers....

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Laggerzero replied on Wed, May 28 2008 10:41 AM
It all depends on the application. I can see it useful in photos, certain games, moving files around, etc. Maybe it will take part in some FPS games. Imagine entering the door code by punching it in on the keypad you see on the screen. That would be cool.
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devaka replied on Wed, May 28 2008 1:51 PM
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SqUiD267 replied on Wed, May 28 2008 2:43 PM

 Translation anyone ^^

I dont think this would be great for pc because there no use. Oicture maybe but I rather haveit on a huge ass wall. I don't think game would fare well because it can be exploited to easily.

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Softix replied on Sun, Jun 8 2008 2:47 AM
Yeah I saw this on TV as well.. Really cool if you ask me. But I too feel that this wouldn't make a good concept for a home PC . A pocket PC surely, just not a substitute for a desktop
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