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Images : Windows Seven Will Bring Multi-touch Features To PC

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.