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Next Microsoft operating system has touch controls

Post: # 111620Post Egaladeist
Wed May 28, 2008 7:59 am

Microsoft Corp 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.

Microsoft is seeking to one-up Apple Inc, which made touch-screen software central to the success of its iPhone mobile device, which combines computer, phone and Web features and has sold around 6 million units in its first 11 months.

http://www.reuters.com/article/technolo ... 7620080528
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Post: # 111621Post Egaladeist
Wed May 28, 2008 8:01 am

I'm assuming that this touch-screen technology isn't going to work well with LCD screens that you're not supposed to touch.

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Wed May 28, 2008 9:11 am

You'll need special touch-screens for that...

Probably the same technology that drives this:

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Post: # 111631Post THE Doctor
Wed May 28, 2008 10:26 am

hmmm touch screen.. nice idea.. nice for the marketing ppl..

BUT.. How badly do PDA screens get scratched from regular use? And touch screens are not Poke Screens.. gad the (l)users who do this,, yetch.. let these into a normal (?) user..
.. The trouble with life is there's no background music..

Remember Grasshopper: The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.

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Post: # 111634Post SirDice
Wed May 28, 2008 11:10 am

There's a booming market for screen protectors...

I've got one.. If my display gets scratched I just replace the protector.
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Wed May 28, 2008 11:45 am

Tonight, Microsoft put to use the silence before the great iPhone storm. Windows 7 came out to play.
There had been rumors, which proved right, that Microsoft would show off Windows Vista's successor at the D Conference in Carlsbad, Calif. I'm here at the opening night event, which is still underway as I post. This year's conference, the sixth, is simply called D6.
"You will be able to do these things in Windows 7," Julie said about the capabilities she showed off, starting with drawing with fingers in Windows Paint. Multi-touch will be on "all sizes and shapes of computers," she said. But, like the Latitude XT, they would need a digitizer supporting multi-touch.

Multi-touch is "not complete replacement of the mouse," Julie conceded. The capability will be pervasive in Windows 7. She said that people would be able to manipulate Windows with touch and gestures instead of the mouse.
http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/ ... X1K0000535
Microsoft Watch - Operating Systems - Windows 7 debuts at D6
Windows 7 will ship in 2009, almost certainly in time for holiday PCs. Microsoft disclosed today that there would be no major architectural changes from Vista, which would greatly reduce development complications.
So..I'm assuming from this statement : no major architectural changes from Vista that this will still be the Vista OS but with special touch screen features?
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Wed May 28, 2008 11:45 am

I'm sure Office has touch controls built in.

I certainly get the urge to punch, kick and otherwise harm my screen when using it.
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Wed May 28, 2008 12:27 pm

the next version of Windows, which Ballmer said was due out in late 2009.
Bet y'all 23 million pounds it comes out in December 2013 instead......
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Wed May 28, 2008 12:53 pm

Aspman wrote:I'm sure Office has touch controls built in.

I certainly get the urge to punch, kick and otherwise harm my screen when using it.
lmfao... can completely relate to that.

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Wed May 28, 2008 1:48 pm

Don't worry - any of the nice or needed features will be completely stripped from the final version of the new OS, leaving only a remade shell of Vista..

Release date, 2013, like Harry said..
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Wed May 28, 2008 2:13 pm

Aspman wrote:I'm sure Office has touch controls built in.

I certainly get the urge to punch, kick and otherwise harm my screen when using it.

hahahahahah

brings that out in me too....

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Post: # 111745Post THE Doctor
Thu May 29, 2008 7:22 am

MS has always been for touchy feely tech..

like I be Touchy billies face with my fist, and he be feely the cold steel bar on skull...
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Thu May 29, 2008 9:41 am

Sounds like it was a dog-and-pony show more than anything. Love this quote
from one of the demonstrators about the new taskbar:

"It's something we're working on for Windows 7 that I'm not supposed to talk
about right now."

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20 ... -meat.html

Yar, maybe they can make it look like ME. :mad:

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Thu May 29, 2008 2:21 pm

Touch-screen abilities for Windows 7, eh? Yeah right...HOW ABOUT FIXING THE DAMN PROBLEMS THAT VISTA HAS, MS?!?!?! Geez, you'd think they'd learn from the previous thousands of errors/problems/bugs/hacks/expoits and all that stuff that MS is known for NOT fixing correctly. I know when I code something, I might take a bit longer than I should but at least A: it's done right, B: the amount of bugs that are potentially in my work is kept to a minimum if not zero, and C: it doesn't break something else. MS cannot say that and screw anyone who says "Yeah, but they made an OS whereas you're making a simple program in comparison"... Writing good solid code is not that hard, it's just that some programmers and sysadmins believe in the Quick & Dirty method which is more problematic than it's worth.
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Post: # 112120Post snakedog
Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:56 am

Vorlin wrote:...you'd think they'd learn from the previous thousands of errors/problems/bugs/hacks/expoits and all that stuff that MS is known for NOT fixing correctly.
MS has gotten better. I remember the bad ol' days ('00, '01?) when you didn't dare run Windows Updates, at least on 95 or 98, 'cause they'd routinely break stuff. The vulns got so bad though with the advent of spyware, MS got it together by about '02.

As for Vista, the TCP stack is much improved over XP & W2K from what I've seen on our VPN. We use PPTP on one job and Vista users have no issues whereas the XP/W2K users routinely do.

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