Microsoft Windows 7
My friends and I used to spend hours arranging (and rearranging) our printed snapshots on the dining-room table. Now we flip through our digital pics together in the same way: Two of us can grab and shuffle photos simultaneously when we use a new multi-touchscreen PC running Microsoft Windows 7, the first major computer operating system with the code needed to understand more than one finger-press at a time. The photo app we used, Microsoft Surface Collage, is designed to take advantage of touch, but any program will respond to iPhone-like gestures like highlighting text with a swipe or zooming on a Web page with a pinch. It's also easy for software companies to adapt their programs to respond to new kinds of gestures. Updated 3-D modeling software, for example, will let engineers grab and remodel their designs, so a Lotus engine can be manipulated just as easily as my vacation photos.
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Well written article, kudos. What I can't help but notice is that, even with the code integrated for "multitouch" (a trademark of Apple Inc.), you still have to go out an purchase a screen capable of such input, making this new innovation useless to the average windows user. The only "touch screen" anyone in my family owns are iPods and an iPhone...
Btw, I'm no fanboy. I use windows xp and mac osx on an almost daily basis. Windows 7 strikes me as vista's twin brother...WAY too many bells and whistles.