Microsoft demonstrates Multi-touch Windows 7

After yesterdays announcements Microsoft finally demonstrated Windows 7 in public yesterday.

Microsoft has been investing in many forms of natural input to enable users to interact with the PC and their devices using touch. Last year at the All Things Digital conference Bill Gates introduced Microsoft's surface computer. This year Julie Larson-Green (VP, Windows Experience Program Management), who was responsible for the innovative Office 2007 design, demonstrated the multi-touch innovations first previewed in Surface that will ultimately play a part of the next version of Windows.

Could this now be the start of Microsoft slowly revealing more information over the coming months until their grand double of PDC/WinHEC in November?

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Woo big deal. I can awkwardly make tons of fingerprints on my LCD now. Big freaking woop. :suspicious:

Microsoft epic failed with XP tablet version, so why to do the same mistake again?.


XP tablet version was a failure because a pc/notebook tablet version cost x2 or even x3 the price of a common machine, say a pretty feature but a prohibitive price that even many pro-designer are unable to paid for.

Not only fingerprints, but imagine trying to use the computer by touching the screen for an hour. Your arms would ache for days. What's wrong with a mouse? This is definitely the sort of thing the majority of home users don't need, at least not yet, nor in 2010.

(acxz said @ #1)
Not only fingerprints, but imagine trying to use the computer by touching the screen for an hour. Your arms would ache for days. What's wrong with a mouse? This is definitely the sort of thing the majority of home users don't need, at least not yet, nor in 2010.

I believe your assumption here is that the screen would always be vertical not matter what with a key board in the middle blocking your hands. Have you thought of any other way you could use the touch functionality? Guess not.

Nice technology, but not very user-friendly for me. Why use two hands to zoom in on a picture when you can do that just with a scroll of the mouse wheel?

Not to mention all the fingerprints in that screen. Cleaning it is going to be an awful task.

The "flip to the widget's backside" and "rubber-band off the edge of a text list" animations are a little reminiscent of... the iPhone.

The interactivity is great and the interface seemed very responsive.
I think, however, that the touch features would be suited for kiosks or mobile devices, not for the home or business user.

Business users can take advantage of this stuff through tablet PC's and their newer mobile devices like the many smartphones (not just iphone people) that are out even now that use touch.

It'll take time to be used more by home users but the point is that if the next windows version has this in it and better speech features also, then even home users will see the benefits in the long run.

i think the photo thing was a demo to show how you can move stuff round the screen etc. bit like the piano demo. it looks good but the only place this would be usefull is in airports and kiosks etc or imbeded in a worktop or something or for tablet pcs maybe?

yeah- doesnt look good or efficient as the iphone multitouch interface-but they are getting there slowly. dont like the idea of moving photos around here and there-looks soo badly organised.

not very impressive, then again ms surface was never the most impressive out of all the multitouch platforms, but i guess its a cheaper alternative. would be very nice if windows 7 utilizes multitouch though.

oh dont you remember that microsoft is pretending theres no other multitouch devices or even companies :P? "oh hai were so amazing, we give you somethin nepw! so much more!"

(Mokusei said @ #1.1)
oh dont you remember that microsoft is pretending theres no other multitouch devices or even companies :P? "oh hai were so amazing, we give you somethin nepw! so much more!"


Where exactly is MS stating or even insinuating that? Or is it just ignorant preconception?
If Apple demonstrated these multi touch features for OSX people would be all over it stating they are such innovators and awesome.

I don?t get why MS keeps demonstrating new stuff so early in the development process though. Because of their release cycle and methodso different Apple will probably introduce something similar before 7 come out and MS will look like copycats.

Once again people will now bitch about how useless some of the features are (while they are clearly there just to show the possibilities and not demonstrate a definitive feature set). Remember the first videos of what is now Vista with the wobbly windows? All people did was ridicule it. Now, we have Compiz soing the same on linux and people love it.

(k7of9 said @ #1.2)
Where exactly is MS stating or even insinuating that? Or is it just ignorant preconception?
If Apple demonstrated these multi touch features for OSX people would be all over it stating they are such innovators and awesome.

I don?t get why MS keeps demonstrating new stuff so early in the development process though. Because of their release cycle and methodso different Apple will probably introduce something similar before 7 come out and MS will look like copycats.

Once again people will now bitch about how useless some of the features are (while they are clearly there just to show the possibilities and not demonstrate a definitive feature set). Remember the first videos of what is now Vista with the wobbly windows? All people did was ridicule it. Now, we have Compiz soing the same on linux and people love it.

Apple already introduced this in iPhone + in new touchpads...
This is good in small devices... i dont want any fingers even near my screen

(CoolBits said @ #1.3)
Apple already introduced this in iPhone + in new touchpads...

But this is not about phones.
Besides, Apple wasn´t the first in the phone market to use touchscreens either. But somehow they always manage to convince people they are the great innovators and never copy anything from others.

(k7of9 said @ #1.4)
But this is not about phones.
Besides, Apple wasn´t the first in the phone market to use touchscreens either. But somehow they always manage to convince people they are the great innovators and never copy anything from others.

And multitouch was in what genreal consumer device before iPhone? Enlighten me.
Even OSX already HAS multitouch features built in on new MacBooks...

Touchscreen? No thanks... Touchpad? Ok...

(CoolBits said @ #1.5)

And multitouch was in what genreal consumer device before iPhone? Enlighten me.
Even OSX already HAS multitouch features built in on new MacBooks...

Touchscreen? No thanks... Touchpad? Ok...

Just because Apple managed to get it into GENERAL CONSUMER DEVICES first, doesn't mean they're innovative or anything, it just means they got it to market first. Multi-touch devices are nothing new, I remember seeing a video where someone played Warcraft 3 using a multi-touch device AND speech recognition. All readily available technologies, all possible to use right now.

(CoolBits said @ #1.5)
And multitouch was in what genreal consumer device before iPhone? Enlighten me.
Even OSX already HAS multitouch features built in on new MacBooks...

So introducing a known technology to a general consumer device makes the introducer the innovator? In that case, by your own logic, MS is being a great innovator here since they are (to my knowledge) the first to apply multitouch on a general consumer desktop.

(k7of9 said @ #1.7)

So introducing a known technology to a general consumer device makes the introducer the innovator? In that case, by your own logic, MS is being a great innovator here since they are (to my knowledge) the first to apply multitouch on a general consumer desktop.


Apple has been working on multi-touch in OS X for at least as long as the iPhone has been in development (2-3 years). They've already gotten patents on a new multi-touch UI. The difference between Apple and Microsoft development is that Apple keeps their mouths shut and Microsoft shows everything off that they're creating. Because of this, Microsoft ends up looking like morons because what they showed is usually much better than what they deliver. Apple ends up looking like geniuses because no one knows what they started with and what they release is usually highly polished and very functional.

(QuarterSwede said @ #1.8)
Apple has been working on multi-touch in OS X for at least as long as the iPhone has been in development (2-3 years). They've already gotten patents on a new multi-touch UI. The difference between Apple and Microsoft development is that Apple keeps their mouths shut and Microsoft shows everything off that they're creating. Because of this, Microsoft ends up looking like morons because what they showed is usually much better than what they deliver. Apple ends up looking like geniuses because no one knows what they started with and what they release is usually highly polished and very functional.

That is very true.

(QuarterSwede said @ #1.8)

Apple has been working on multi-touch in OS X for at least as long as the iPhone has been in development (2-3 years). They've already gotten patents on a new multi-touch UI. The difference between Apple and Microsoft development is that Apple keeps their mouths shut and Microsoft shows everything off that they're creating. Because of this, Microsoft ends up looking like morons because what they showed is usually much better than what they deliver. Apple ends up looking like geniuses because no one knows what they started with and what they release is usually highly polished and very functional.

It's nice how you ignore the last several years Microsoft has spent on Surface, and getting the technologies ready for implementation into Windows.