Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th May 2008 03:15 UTC
Windows I personally doubted that Windows 7 would make an actual appearance during the Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer joint interview up on stage at the D6 conference, but as it turns out, it has made an appearance. During an interview conducted by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher about Ballmer and Gates' past, present, and future, a short demo was given of Windows 7.
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Uh-oh
by Buck on Wed 28th May 2008 06:52 UTC
Buck
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2005-06-29

So... what's new here? They've showed how you could scale and move photos around, not unlike the iPhone. Well... okay. But even the damn iPhone can do it smoothly, but you do it on Windows on a notebook and suddenly the movements are all jerky and don't really follow your fingers? The second part is how they rotate the globe. I just fail to see how that relates to Windows at all. I mean, any Windows dev could implement that in about a month. Certainly you'd expect more from a larger corporation.
Forgetting for a moment that whatever they've cobbled together for the show fails to impress they haven't really shown the key components of the OS. I guess users could care less if Windows has the same old interface that's married to a mouse/keyboard input and a few apps that allow you to mess up your display with fingers.

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RE: Uh-oh
by Alleister on Wed 28th May 2008 09:48 in reply to "Uh-oh"
Alleister Member since:
2006-05-29

As much as i despise Microsoft (and consequently - not using a single one of its products, not even emulated) what they are showing could be taken directly from one of the example apps of Jeff Hans work as they where running on Linux and Windows *years* before the iPhone, so *pleeeeaasse* no more iPhone here and iPhone there comments.

And this is being written on an Mac, by an Mac user who tries to get all his friends to switch.

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RE[2]: Uh-oh
by thavith_osn on Wed 28th May 2008 10:13 in reply to "RE: Uh-oh"
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

The reason everyone says "iPhone" is because, like the Mac, it was the first to bring it to the market at large. Apple didn't invent the GUI (actually, neither did Xerox, they grabbed the idea from Douglas Engelbart I believe, who was into this stuff back in the early 60's - there are a series of videos showing him demoing what they had back then, brilliant to watch))

It turns out Jeff Han didn't invent this either (as he admits), multi-touch has been around since the 80's (maybe earlier), but he has certainly done a lot of cool stuff with it.

Even MS has demo'd stuff back before the iPhone came out too. Actually, if Apple released this back 1 year ago, and they had been working on the iPhone for 2 years, then Apple must have been into multi-touch since at least 2006 if not before...

Again, not the first, but the first to make it mainstream...

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