Windows 7 Preview at ATD

27 05 2008
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This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for…except, not really. Both Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have decided to showcase their upcoming OS, nicknamed Windows 7, at All Things Digital this evening. Its not exactly as clear as stating “This is Windows 7”, although I wish it was. Its more of a preview of what to expect on Windows 7. What’s been detailed so far is that the new OS will have multi-touch capabilities, presumably acting like the Microsoft Surface table. So far, it looks like a tablet PC with multi-touch; nothing too awe-inducing, unfortunately. Also noted, is that Windows 7 will not be a completely new operating system, but it will use the same base as Vista, so when the upgrade takes place next time around, it will hopefully go smoother than the previous one. The timetable for Windows 7’s release is somewhere around 2010, with both 32-bit and 64-bit. Previous quotes by people within Microsoft have hinted at the touch-controlling abilities in the new system. Hilton Locke, who worked on the Tablet PC team at Microsoft mentioned the features in an interview in December.

“I will say that if you are impressed by the “touch features” in the iPhone, you’ll be blown away by what’s coming in Windows 7. Now if only we could convince more OEMs that Windows Touch Technology is going to drive their sales.”

Also, Bill Gates stated that it will be “a big step forward” for speech technology and handwriting recognition.

Gizmodo’s following the entire thing minute-by-minute, but I’ve added some photos at the bottom to show what they’re exactly demoing. (Pictures from Gizmodo)

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