Not to say I told you so -- well, OK, I will say it -- but Microsoft demonstrated the multi-touch functionality it is building into Windows 7 at the D6 conference on May 27.
(See my original post on Microsoft's plans to demo the touch piece of Windows 7 at D6.)
Microsoft is really pushing touch as a new and innovative way for users to interact not just with their mobile phones, but also their PCs, new Surface devices, and sometime in the future, even their desks and walls.
Confirmation of today's earlier post comes from a Microsoft spokeswoman:
"During Bill Gates’ and Steve Ballmer’s keynote this evening, Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience Program Management, will take the stage to demo a new feature for the Windows platform: multi-touch. This feature will be available in the next version of Windows, Windows 7. "
A new post on the Windows Team blog adds this info:
"Touch is quickly becoming a common way of directly interacting with software and devices. Touch - enabled surfaces are popping up everywhere including laptop touch pads, cell phones, remote controls, GPS devices, and more. What becomes even more compelling is when this experience is delivered to the PC –on a wide variety of Windows notebooks, in all-in-one PC’s, as well as in external monitors. In working with our broad ecosystem of hardware and software manufactures, we’re excited to be showing some of the great work and investments we are working on in Windows 7."
There's a video of the forthcoming Windows 7 multi-touch functionality available via the Vista team blog.
I am still a non-believer. Do you want touch on your Windows notebook? I, for one, do not.