One new and exciting feature of Windows 7 is its support for multi-touch devices. For developers this means that they can now easily write applications using the multi-touch APIs to interact with the devices.
There are several devices available (or will soon be available) in the market, such as HP’s TouchSmart tx2z series (starting from $800), Dell’s Latitude XT2, Lenevo’s , and Packard Bell’s OneTwo Series PCs and Viseo 200T Touch Edition monitor.
Let’s take a quick look at the short history of touch devices in the PC world.
It is worth noting that a few months prior to the Surface announcement, Apple announced iPhone, a multi-media, multi-touch smart phone, that quickly became a consumer’s favorite device and a de facto benchmark for small form factor multi-touch devices.
There are many applications of Windows 7 multi-touch technology. To see one example, check out this video to find out what AutoDesk, a 2D and 3D design software firm has to share.