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Next Windows to get multi-touch

updated 03:25 pm EST, Wed December 12, 2007

Windows 7 Multi-Touch

Microsoft's next version of Windows will support complex multi-touch features, according to a claim by company test engineer Hilton Locke. So far referred to only as Windows 7, the operating system will receive a Windows Technology update that should allow multiple points of contact and significantly more complex input options than the iPhone. Users of the Apple handset will be "blown away" by the additions to Windows, Locke hints without providing specific details.

The allusion confirms Microsoft's increasing focus on touchscreen devices. The company has long been a proponent of tablet PCs and touch input in Windows Mobile but has typically only provided control through a single point of contact and has largely designed its interfaces around a stylus rather than fingers. The Windows developer gave its first signs of a change in approach with the introduction of its Surface table, which relies on a series of hidden camera sensors to recognize several points at once as well as inanimate objects with embedded tags. A related technology has also been demonstrated in a notebook prototype but is not confirmed for shipping computers.

Dell today also revealed that its new Latitude XT tablet has a capacitive touchscreen that accepts multi-touch input without a stylus, though it notes that implementing the feature in current versions of Windows will require drivers and support from end-user programs themselves to work properly. [via ZDNet]

By Electronista Staff


  1. psdenno

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    how many....

    ...years from now?

  1. dliup

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    XP to Vista = 7 years

    Vista to 7 = hum, just a wild guess, but perhaps another 7 years for the alpha release?

    In the mean time, looks like Leopard is touch friendly already, with CoverFlow in finder, stacks... And of course iPhone blows windows mobiles away.

  1. BelugaShark

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    "Users of the Apple handset will be "blown away"" Wow, Mac users have always been "blown away" by MS innovations, such as: Windows 1.0

    "input in Windows Mobile but has typically only provided control through a single point of contact" So they discovered this miraculously, without any hints from the iPhone I guess.

    MS is the best innovator out there, I'm gonna runout and buy me a Vista so I can support these unheard-of innovations.

  1. chas_m



    MS will be "blown away"

    ... by how many patents Apple has on multi-touch technology. M$, meet wall.

    Wake me when M$ has something that actually works system wide like the iPhone/iPod Touch have. I figure I can "sleep in" till at least 2012 on that.

  1. Don Pickett

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    I can't wait!

    Seeing as I'm still waiting to be blown away by WinFS!

  1. mgpalma

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    Yeah, we'll be using...

    teleportation by the time the next version of Windows is out. MS is so yesterday...

  1. linuxnoobe

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    what a joke

    This technology has been around for a long time. I bet Apple will already be out with a tablet mac and integration with Mac OS X 10.6 well before Microsoft has a chance to make another disaster 'innovation'.

  1. Sabon

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    I agree with the other ..

    I agree with the other posters. How many years before they get this out there? And then there is the hardware to actually use it. Then yipee, I can get me a blue screen of death just by moving my fingers this way ...

  1. chucker

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    unique features

    vista already has some pretty advanced "multi-touch" features. Its the only operating system that I can sit in front of which makes me feel like I have a finger down my throat...

  1. CreepDogg

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    Joined: Jun 2001


    Not to mention...

    how many features will be de-scoped by the time 7 sees the light of day?

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