Bill Gates gave the world a sneak preview of Microsoft’s next Windows OS at the All Things Digital conference in San Diego.
After the lukewarm reception received by Vista, Microsoft needs the next update to be a big hit to keep the public happy.
Included in the new package are multi-touch features, allowing users to ditch the mouse and interact with a PC in new ways.
Imagine being able to play the piano on a screen, or paint a picture. Doesn’t seem that interesting when you could just
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Get ready for the change
"The way you interact with the system will change dramatically," said Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
"Today almost all the interaction is keyboard-mouse. Over years to come, the role of speech, vision, ink - all of those things - will be huge."
Microsoft believes the touch-responsive screen will soon be ubiquitous, and the abilities it will give to users will initiate a dramatic shift in the way the PC and other gadgets are operated.
If you’re excited now, you won’t have to wait too long - the release is scheduled for 2009.