Microsoft Surface Apps for Windows 7

At the Tablet PC meetup at CES’s CntrStg, a Microsoft representative was demonstrating a Windows 7 touchscreen computer and its capabilities. After going through the usual – Aero Peek, shake to minimize, the new taskbar, and more – she showed us some really cool apps. Built by the Microsoft Surface team specifically for Windows 7, two new applications take advantage of the native touch and multi-touch capabilities built into Windows 7.

The first app demonstrated is called Microsoft Surface Collage for Windows 7. The app is a multi-touch photo viewing application. The photos on the screen can be resized using pinches, as has become standard with touch apps. And because it’s multi-touch, two people can touch and move the photos at the same time. You can use your finger to flip through the filmstip at the bottom of the screen, too.

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The second application demonstrated was Microsoft Surface Globe for Windows 7. This one was a touch screen mapping application that let you zoom in and out on satellite imagery using pinches. You could also swipe your finger across the screen to move the map around.

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Neither of these applications are available for download just yet, but they should be released around the same time that Windows 7 becomes publicly available. 

[Special thanks for CntrStg for providing a great place to upload Channel 10 videos while at CES.]

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