Could Windows 7 use on touchscreen tech?

Microsoft revealed earlier this week that Windows Vista's successor – codenamed Windows 7 – is scheduled to be released in 2010. But what the company is not making clear is what new features the OS will have, a topic that has become fodder for educated speculation. Analysts said Microsoft is probably keeping tight-lipped about what Windows 7 will look like because at this point, company engineers and executives don't even know. "They don't want to commit because they don't have a good idea what's in it," said Gartner analyst Michael Silver. "We're three years out, so you can't really expect that much detail."

Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, said with so many people still in the midst of upgrading to the latest client OS, Windows Vista, he's hesitant to speculate on what might be in Windows 7. "We barely know the features of the one we just got," he said. Windows Vista includes new features such as desktop search and a new user interface, which also are two areas that leave room for expansion in Windows 7, analysts said.

Microsoft has shown the direction it's going with the latter with its Surface computer, introduced in late May. That form factor looks like a coffee table with a touchscreen interface that lets users move photos around by hand synchronise devices by placing them on the table.

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Or rather old speculative news as the article is also from a few days ago and is older than the articles posted prior to it.

is scheduled to be released in 2010

So, it'll hit the shelves with reduced functionality from what was promised, in... 2015?

I think the article is talking more of adopting the Surface tech in the future, and Vista doesn't have that. It took me a while to get the difference between that and regular touchscreens, but apparently having many people collaborate on a single display is more reliable with the Surface tech? I'm still not quite sure about that though because that should only be an implementation detail of the touch screen software. Touch screens have been around since AGES back and working well enough to me, and all they're doing is reporting where the users have their fingers/pens.

The surface computing is really revoloutional. According to surface press release, its already powered by Windows Vista.

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It's also not exactly the same type of touchscreen that you'd normally think of like all these people above are talking about.

People say Microsoft aren't original and don't do anything revolutionary. Look at Surface and the things that can be done with it. Nothing like that has ever been done.

Cryingcure said,
It's also not exactly the same type of touchscreen that you'd normally think of like all these people above are talking about.

People say Microsoft aren't original and don't do anything revolutionary. Look at Surface and the things that can be done with it. Nothing like that has ever been done.

It was being developed before MS picked the project.
Given that the multiple input interface is quite old now, I'd rather say it's evolutionary. But cool nonetheless.

Cryingcure said,
It's also not exactly the same type of touchscreen that you'd normally think of like all these people above are talking about.

People say Microsoft aren't original and don't do anything revolutionary. Look at Surface and the things that can be done with it. Nothing like that has ever been done.

Uh, I wouldn't say that it is revolutionary, but agreeing to the previous comment, it is cool, and evolutionary. Anyway, I have already managed to do the same using my 19" touchscreen LCD (yeah, I know that isn't as big as the coffee table Bill has) using my Linux running Compiz Fusion. I could add rain, snow effects etc. The bulk of the price comes from the screen itself, not the computer

Croquant said,
I wish people would just STFU about the Windows 7 speculation already. Development has barely started on it, and we really have no idea what's going to be in it: Deal with it.

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That said,

With all the improvements in Vista I would think the development will be quicker. I do wish the prices would be lower, or make incremental updates like apple does. Cheaper, not a full blown new os, but new tools, etc.

Forget touchscreen technology - I want to control Windows 7 with golf clubs. I want to be able to browse the internet using nothing but a 9-iron.

Im gonna order it pre-loaded on my 'StarTrek Enterprise XL5' computer with the mind control or telepathy option and probably order the 'beam-me-up' flashdrive w/12gigs of WarpSpeed Ram.

Windows 7 looks to be an awesome OS... very impressed to what I have read ans seen at the moment.

What happens if you have just come out of thr shower and there is an important email and you touch the screen with wet dripping fingers...? Poof there goes your monitor. Also, they will have to improve on the already used touch screen monitors technology.

Anti drop protection
Anti grease protection
Anti smudge protection

Monitor prices will go through the roof, because touch screen monitors are not cheap either.

Windows 7 looks to be an awesome OS... very impressed to what I have read ans seen at the moment.

Huh?? Not one feature have been confirmed for it. This article is pure speculation.

I been pondering on the abilities of this surface table computer and its UI and what it could bring to the table in the future it will be quite interesting indeed!

We may see touchscreen tech in OS X sooner, given the iPhone has Multi-Touch and is running Leopard Lite. But of course it won't be suitable for all applications.

In fact I'd like to see a touchscreen "iPad" that only did internet, e-mail, widgets and word processing. Fully fledged computers are too powerful for most people's needs.

As usual, it turns into another Vista forum!

Every single forum on the internet that I visit ends up slating or otherwise Vista instead of sticking to the subject in question?

Get over it!

If Vista works for you then fine, use it, if it doesn't then stick with XP or whatever else you use! Vista is like any other released operating system. It has only been out a short while and the hardware/software vendors have still to catch up!


I'm going to guess that we won't be hearing about features for quite some time, mostly due to the mess that was Vista's development. How much of the feature list was axed? I'm sure that there is no way the Redmond devil will let that happen again.

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