Windows Mobile 7 UX mock-ups show multi-touch gesture support

According to Microsoft Kitchen, Jeremiah Whitaker, who is a freelance UX designer that's done some prototype work for the Windows Mobile 7 team, has posted some interesting mockups on his personal site (ascendesign) that seem to be Windows Mobile 7 related. The mockups contain gestures and controls that will, allegedly, be part of the new interface. Whitaker didn't flat out say that the mockups were for Windows Mobile 7. However, his involvement with the team, plus the comment below, seems to imply that they are.

"NDA dictates I keep this vague. For a leading cell platform I created UX flows of common controls and usages. After client review I created flash demos. Those demo's were then reviewed and passed on to SectionSeven development to create interactive prototypes. This process allowed for very efficient UX development."

Whether these gestures and controls will make it into the final release of Microsoft's highly anticipated mobile OS or not is unknown. What's clear, is that Microsoft has been seriously working on gestures and their role in mobile technology. You can see gestures such as pinch-to-zoom in the image below. We know that Microsoft has already included such gestures in Windows 7 and the Microsoft Surface. It seems pretty reasonable to think that they'd also include them in Windows Mobile 7.

WinMo 7 Controls

WinMo 7 Demo

Images courtesy of ascendesign.

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Speculating if it will support multi-touch? Really?

Even the freaking Zune HD, running an older version of WinCE has multi-touch support. The WinCE/Mobile APIs are already here and working, even on 6.x versions, and someone is 'wondering' if Win7Mo will have a feature that older versions already have?

Really?

Just a bit more patience and we will all discover how Windows Mobile 7 will look like and what exactly will do in comparison to the 6.5 version and in comparison to Android or iPhoneOS

Look at the second screenshot, I'm sure that text at the top of the mockup device has i<something>. Looks like iPhoneos, anyone see it better than me?

n_K said,
Look at the second screenshot, I'm sure that text at the top of the mockup device has i<something>. Looks like iPhoneos, anyone see it better than me?

It says "Photos"

Photos according to what I can tell, as well as the photo files being displayed underneath it such as Steve's birthday and Pacific Beach

n_K said,
Look at the second screenshot, I'm sure that text at the top of the mockup device has i<something>. Looks like iPhoneos, anyone see it better than me?

I think that hand really looks like Steve Jobs'. And it also shows Steve Ballmer bday pics. This proves that the two Steves are friends and they are secretly plotting to divide the world of computing between them. All the pickering is just misdirection ;)

.Neo said,
Amazing how swiftly Microsoft responds to new developments. Multitouch support? Wow!

Windows Mobile 6.5 supported it. HTC HD2 being the most obvious example of this. No Android Phones have this, despite the OS supporting it.

ew2x4 said,

Windows Mobile 6.5 supported it. HTC HD2 being the most obvious example of this. No Android Phones have this, despite the OS supporting it.


Correction: No Android phones in the US ship with it. A little hacking brings multitouch to my Droid, and its European brother, the Milestone actually ships with it.

ew2x4 said,

Windows Mobile 6.5 supported it. HTC HD2 being the most obvious example of this. No Android Phones have this, despite the OS supporting it.

That bit about android is a complete falsehood. They all support it in software and many in hardware as of Android 1.6 iirc. pinch-zoom is just disabled in the OOB software in the US for licensing issues, multitouch still works just fine or you would find the keyboard really sucked. The Dolphin web browser supports pinch zoom just fine though.

Outside the US there are HTC offerings that support pinch-zoom OOB and the Motorolla Milestone (EU version of the Droid) does also.

.Neo said,
Amazing how swiftly Microsoft responds to new developments. Multitouch support? Wow!

OMG! Copy 'n paste? Wow, Apple really did it this time. My god, I can't text, listen to music and surf the web at the same time; oh wait I can, I use Windows Mobile.

Edited by Billus, Feb 1 2010, 7:01pm :

Billus said,

OMG! Copy 'n paste? Wow, Apple really did it this time. My god, I can't text, listen to music and surf the web at the same time; oh wait I can, I use Windows Mobile.


iPod/Mail/Phone/Safari apps multi-task in iPhone OS.

J400uk said,
Wonder if they will come up with something original and innovative, or just copy Apple as usual.

Being different for the sake of being different isn't the right approach. What's wrong with using something that WORKS and works WELL? which many of the gestures on iPod/iPhone do...

J400uk said,
Wonder if they will come up with something original and innovative, or just copy Apple as usual.

So no one can have multi touch without copying?

J400uk said,
Wonder if they will come up with something original and innovative, or just copy Apple as usual.

Microsoft had all these gestures and even more years ahead of Apple. Remember microsoft surface?
Apple only had their click-wheel back then!

Edited by zagor, Feb 1 2010, 6:52pm :

zagor said,

Microsoft had all these gestures and even more years ahead of Apple. Remember microsoft surface?
Apple only had their click-wheel back then!

Well, you're right those gestures existed before the iPhone, but to be fair the Surface was released in tandem with the iPhone.

http://www.billbuxton.com/multitouchOverview.html

You'll notice the pinch gesture is used throughout the history of computing, starting at least as far back as 1983.

Northgrove said,
Haha, exactly what I thought. Anything else would be plain horrible.

Multi-touch is nice, but it's not like a top-needed input. I've only seen a few useful ways that multi-touch can be used on a screen as small as most smartphones.