Sunday, December 11, 2016
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Apple AirPods Will Miss Holiday Season
Japan Display To Receive ¥50 bil. Support From Government
Google Said to Bring Internet To Cubans
Super Mario Run Won't Play Offline
U.S. Confirms Samsung and LG Dumped Washers
Xiaomi Electric Vehicle Launch on Monday, Yeelight LED Ceiling Light Launched
Hon Hai, Sharp To Build Massive LCD TV Plant In China
U.S. To Review Cyber Attacks Beyond 2016 Election
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > General Computing > Windows...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Windows 7 Has Touch Controls


Microsoft plans to give users of the next version of its Windows operating system touch screen controls as one option for controlling the software, its top executives said on Tuesday.

Chairman Bill Gates and Chief Executive Steve Ballmer showed off new Windows features based on software it calls "multi-touch" that will be part of Windows 7, the next version of Windows, which Ballmer said was due out in late 2009.

The ability to use touch to give users fingertip control of their screens could help revolutionize how computer desktops and mobile phones are controlled and would be an alternative to existing mice, keyboard and pen-based user controls.

During a joint interview that kicked off the Wall Street Journal's three-day D: All Things Digital conference, an annual gathering of the computer industry elite taking place north of San Diego, Ballmer said touch screen controls was one example of how Microsoft would improve on existing Windows software.

Microsoft is seeking to Apple, which made touch-screen software central to the success of its iPhone mobile device.

After more than a decade of slow development, Gates said new ways of interacting with computers other than keyboards and mice have matured to the point where they are ready to go mainstream.

Gates refered to technologies that gives users the ability to control computers with voice commands, detect and sort different kinds of images and use electronic ink instead of typing for computer input.

Multi-touch software builds on existing capabilities Microsoft has introduced in recent years including Surface, for interacting with large tabletop computer displays, TouchWall for mounted screens and Tablet PCs for touch-screen notebooks.

In a demonstration of touch-screen capabilities to be offered in Windows 7, Microsoft showed a new application called "Touchable Paint" that lets a user paint with their fingers, as well as software to organize photos or navigate maps by touch. A Microsoft employee showed possible applications like enlarging and shrinking photos and navigating a map of San Diego by stroking the screen.

A Microsoft blog with a demo can be found here

Ballmer said that Windows 7 will not have higher requirements on hardware in order to run, compared to Windows Vidta. He also said that the new operating system will also come with changes in the user interface. Windows 7 will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, while its Kernel is expected to be related to today?s Vista kernel.

Ballmer also acknowledged that Microsoft considered Apple a formidable competitor. But he said the two companies' audiences were vastly different in scale, with Apple supplying around 10 million computers this year versus the roughly 290 million machines which PC makers will sell running Microsoft Windows.


Previous
Next
Google Reveals Google App Engine Pricing Plans        All News        Thermaltake Launches AMD Game! Certified Case, PSU, Cooler
Google Reveals Google App Engine Pricing Plans     General Computing News      Yahoo Files Lawsuit Against "Lottery" Spammers

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
European Commission Approves Acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft, Subject to Conditions
Microsoft Is Careful With New Chatbot Zo, Now Available For Testing
Microsoft Offers Grants to Organizations Working to Improve Affordable Internet Access
Microsoft Wants To Bring Something Different in The Smartphone Market
Microsoft's Solitaire Game Now Available On iOS And Android
Microsoft Joins The Linux Foundation, Google Embraces The .NET community
Microsoft Buys 237 Additional Megawatts of Wind Energy
Microsoft Introduces Chat-based Workspace in Office 365
Microsoft Identifies Russia-linked Hackers Exploiting Windows Flaw
Microsoft Researchers Reach Human Parity in Conversational Speech Recognition
Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights First Quarter Results
Microsoft's Cloud Investments In Europe Hits $3 billion

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2016 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .