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Windows 7: 2009 Release, Multi-Touch Abilities

Or: light at the end of Vista's tunnel

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A whole lot of people (your humble author included) have been hanging onto old computers, hoping they’ll last until Windows 7 is released.  At a conference yesterday, a late 2009 launch was confirmed, and interesting multi-touch abilities were demonstrated.

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer were onstage at the D: All Things Digital conference, so the 2009 date will hopefully remain firm.  It’s in line with various hints and tidbits that have been dropped before.

Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7
 

As for the multi-touch interface, Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of program management for the Windows Experience, confirmed that it’s built throughout the Windows 7 operating system, and not a more limited gimmick.

Microsoft’s team did leave itself an out on this issue – "[p]lease note, the applications you will see are for demonstration purposes only," Chris Flores wrote on the Windows Vista Team Blog – but a video demonstration shows off some appealing (and Apple-like) ideas.

Although Vista customers may start to feel cheated as a result of all this news, other consumers will likely be encouraged.  Just remember not to get so caught up in Windows 7 research that you run your current computer into the ground.

Windows 7: 2009 Release, Multi-Touch Abilities
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    Is it mobile windows 7 or desktop windows 7??

  • http://www.shapirit.biz Ricardo Goldberg

    This Win7 edition should be shipped with a SOAP BAR to clean your fingers b4 u touch the screen! – or gloves.

    Seriously,  it wil take lot more from Microsoft to gain back the customers that left them for open source operating systems.

    Most humans want STABILITY, that’s something that Microsoft lost after windows millenium, gained again with WinXP and loose again with Vista.

    We (at least I) want something useful and stable that we can use, and not an excuse to replace hardware every two years!.

    Till today we had 3 operating systems that where great, Win 3.11, Win98SE and Win XP PRO, why the need of win7?

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