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Gates sees Natal coming to Windows PCs

updated 09:30 am EDT, Wed July 15, 2009

Gates on Natal and Windows

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates today hinted that his company's Project Natal technology for the Xbox 360 should also come to Windows. The future add-on, which detects full body movement and real-world objects, is now expected to reach the desktop both for work purposes, like collaboration, but also media tasks in the home. Gates wasn't specific in details with CNET but teased that the prospects are "very exciting."

"I think the value is as great for if you're in the home, as you want to manage your movies, music, home system type stuff, it's very cool there," he said. "And I think there's incredible value as we use that in the office connected to a Windows PC."

He also provided a possible clue as to the launch window for Project Natal and stated that it should be expected in "a little over a year."

The addition of Natal to Windows would represent a further attempt by Microsoft to move away from conventional input methods on computers. While Apple has been making some strides with multi-touch trackpad input in Mac OS X, Microsoft intends that multi-touch displays will be a major interface option for Windows 7. The OS will recognize certain touch gestures in all apps and has programming tools to add more advanced touch features.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Eldernorm

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    Good and bad

    Motion control sounds like a good idea.... but coming from Microsoft,,,,,, I just do not think so.. Just think of a peanut butter smeared screen running windows touch.....

    I would leave it up to Apple to do it right. They just seem so much better at figuring out where to use which technology.

    Just a thought.

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002


    One finger salute

    So when I give the finger to the monitor after Windows has screwed up will then understand it?

  1. Mimi-mim

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    Good for all

    Well, I have my doubts about Natal, but either way it's going to hugely benefit us as end users, because you know that Sony, Apple, Nintendo, and others are going to try and out-do Natal's capabilities. And within ten years, we should have something that does everything that Microsoft is promising now.

    What surprises me about Natal is that Microsoft usually sits back and lets everyone else do all the research and development, and they then copy the ideas and bundle it with their products, grabbing the largest market share by default.

    So has MS changed tactics after all this time? It will be very interesting to find out over the next few years.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    I Imagine that...

    ... coming from MS, I bet it'll be something like this:

  1. luckyday

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    I haven't been on this site in a while. I forgot what turds you guys were.

    When Microsoft isn't innovative you complain. When Microsoft is innovative, you complain that they shouldn't be and should leave that to Apple. Amazing.

  1. nat

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    oh luck, there's nothing (as in, you know ZIP, ZERO, NADA) innovative about this no matter how much you want it to be.
    this is not only NOT new, it exists.

    turds eh? my my. did you not have enough sleep last night?

    didn't ms buy some israeli company that specializes in motion sensor technology?
    there's innovation at work just for you.

    now, i have told you and told you about doing your homework but still you come on here making a bit of a fool of yourself. i just don't know what else to do.

  1. nat

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  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    who cares

    Gates doesn't work for MS anymore, so, really, his opinion is of minimal concern to what the company 'might' do.

  1. shawnde

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    Joined: Apr 2008


    re: who cares

    As far as I know, he's still there part-time. And he's still the largest individual shareholder .... so I'm sure it counts.

    However, I do like the way that Bill sometimes make MS look really incompetent and foolish, so in that way, I like him.

    Also, notice "little over a year" in MS terms means 1-year , which basically means that we know it's gonna take longer than one year ... but we don't really know how long :-) it could 1 5 years away.

  1. TiberiusMonkey

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    Joined: Jul 2008


    Out of touch.

    You would have to be very out of touch with technology to think Microsoft has done anything innovative here. Calling the posters here turds doesn't make Microsoft innovative.

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