Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Apr 2008 21:51 UTC
Windows Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said on Friday he expected the new version of Windows operating software, code-named Windows 7, to be released "sometime in the next year or so". The software giant has been aiming to issue more regular updates of the operating system software that powers the majority of the world's personal computers. Nevertheless, Gates' comments suggested that a successor to the Vista program might be released sooner than was generally expected.
Thread beginning with comment 308263
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
I like the last part of the news ...
by autumnlover on Sat 5th Apr 2008 00:17 UTC
autumnlover
Member since:
2007-04-12

He said new versions of Windows would help revolutionize mobile phones and run the desk of the future, which would have a touch surface display allowing users to call up items using their hands.


Being myself a Startrek fan I always found myself fascinated with the idea of "touch where you work" LCARS-type interface. I also know that idea of "MS Surface" is substantially different from LCARS but the analogy between LCARS and "Surface" is - at least in its visual aspect - somehow viable, just like it was between TOS-type communicators and clamshell cellphones.

Reply Score: 2

elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

Being myself a Startrek fan I always found myself fascinated with the idea of "touch where you work" LCARS-type interface. I also know that idea of "MS Surface" is substantially different from LCARS but the analogy between LCARS and "Surface" is - at least in its visual aspect - somehow viable, just like it was between TOS-type communicators and clamshell cellphones.


It's not that far fetched. LCARS was just a visual interface that was contextually linked to whatever the user wanted to accomplish or the station was inteded for. Touch this, touch that, switch to what you want. And it had it's limitations, since most of the "serious" workstations on the Enterprise had "keyboard" panels, too.

IIRC, the tech specs for LCARS were based on the idea that discrete ship functions were relegated to modules that could be linked and built upon for specific user requirements. Combined with the adaptable user interface, it's basically KDE with Plasma, but version 150.1. ;)

edit: forgot to capitalize Enterprise... ;)

Edited 2008-04-05 05:11 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 4

helf Member since:
2005-07-06

LCARS is the most awesome interface ever. I would LOVE to have it ;)

Edited 2008-04-05 16:03 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2