Microsoft is borrowing a page from Apple's user interface guide and has demonstrated multi-touch features that it hopes, will be natively implemented in the forthcoming Windows 7 operating system.
The video demo was aired during the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference by Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows experience program management and uses the Surface technology that Microsoft introduced last year.
The laptop used during the video, a Dell Latitude XT, was powered by N-Trig's DuoSense Dual Mode technology which promises Multi-touch features for Microsoft Vista through a single standard HID USB driver and possibly a resurgence of lower cost tablet PCs.
A desktop PC was also featured in the video with real time examples of navigation/mapping applications, image manipulation apps as well as a piano software which allowed the user to type literally on the screen; no news on whether the technology will offer haptic features, a mobile version of force feedback.
Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer who were both present on stage at the conference also confirmed that Windows 7 will be available by late December 2009.
On Tuesday, Chris Flores, who works on the Windows Client Communications Team, said on the Windows Vista Team Blog that Windows 7 would not be based on a new kernel and will carry on the "long-term architectural investments" (aka legacy) introduced in Vista and improved in Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008.
You can view the video here.