People will increasingly interact with computers using speech or touch screens rather than keyboards, Microsoft Corp. Bill Gates said. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates talking at the All Things Digital conference in San Diego said “Windows 7” the new operating system from Microsoft scheduled for release in 2009 would incorporate new forms of communication and interaction. 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’s next operating system (OS) will come with multi-touch features as an alternative to the mouse. Windows 7 will enable user to enlarge and shrink photos, trace routes on maps, paint pictures or play the piano.Microsoft Chief executive officer Steve Ballmer presented “a small snippet” of the next version of Windows and asked he wants to perform better than compare with success of Vista.
Industry watchers say Microsoft is hoping that Windows 7 can change the way people interact with PCs in the future.” Touch is quickly becoming a common way of interacting with software and devices,” writes Windows product manager Chris Flores in a blog post.”Touch-enabled surfaces are popping up everywhere including laptop touch pads, cell phones, remote controls, GPS devices and more.”
Website Beta News reports that “beta testing of the product should begin later this year although a lack of touch-screen devices could slow widespread trials of the new interface”.