According to a Microsoft engineer’s blog, the next version of Windows (version seven) will contain touchscreen features which will blow the iPhone away.
“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,” wrote Hilton Locke.
Details are scarce, unsurprisingly, and given that the operating system isn’t due to release until at least 2009 (read: next decade), functionality could be include any number of things. However, Locke is obviously in love with the Tablet PC concept, describing it as one of the coolest projects remaining in mainstream computing.
Of course, it’s all very well having functionality ready in an operating system, but the devices have to be around to handle it. The iPhone is supposedly sparking a new interest in the technology in general, so if Microsoft goes down the same route with Windows as Apple has with OS X — using one version which can be used across multiple platforms — then it could do quite well.
Bear in mind, though, that in the next three or four years, Apple will probably have developed their own technology into both new generations of iPhone, and possibly portable computers.
Making no comment about Microsoft playing catchup. Well, apart from that one.
(Via PC Pro)
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