Linked by David Adams on Tue 28th Oct 2008 17:42 UTC, submitted by DigitalDame
Windows The new OS includes major new user interface updates, and promises to work much better with third-party hardware and software. Can the latest version of the OS wash away the sour taste of Vista? Here's a detailed report and a slideshow of Windows 7 screenshots.
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RE: ennervation
by andrewg on Tue 28th Oct 2008 19:40 UTC in reply to "ennervation"
andrewg
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2005-07-06

Would multti-touch count for anything in your opinion? Just wondering.

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RE[2]: ennervation
by richmassena on Tue 28th Oct 2008 20:09 in reply to "RE: ennervation"
richmassena Member since:
2006-11-26

Multi-touch is certainly a nice feature on the iPhone. I don't own one myself, but I've used one enough to see its usefulness. Given the work Microsoft has done with Surface (my assumptions are based on seeing the Surface promotional video), they could have something really nice in the works. If done well, multi-touch can be for zoom, rotate, crop and pan what the scrollwheel is to scroll. I'm almost certain they'll add gesture support as well. My concern with multi-touch is in a similar vein as the ribbon interface. Will it feel bolted-on, working inconsistenly between applications (or only supported in a few applications), or will Microsoft integrate the support into every bit of their software, and wait for others to catch up?

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RE[3]: ennervation
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Oct 2008 21:12 in reply to "RE[2]: ennervation"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Will it feel bolted-on, working inconsistenly between applications (or only supported in a few applications), or will Microsoft integrate the support into every bit of their software, and wait for others to catch up?


From what the ever lovely Julie is telling us in the keynote, an app doesn't need to know anything about touch or Windows 7 in order to work with touch. A touch-enabled comptuer will automatically make make menu items have more whitespace (25%) so they're easier to touch. Touch worked just fine on an unaltered installation of Word 2007.

Julie also told that applications can also be tuned towards touch, to support more advanced touch gestures. It was pretty damn cool, actually.

And yeah, I like Julie. Sue me.

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