• November 23, 2022

Microsoft TouchWall – experience the difference

It seems to be an age of touch technology, where fingers can do wonders on a screen than simply pressing them on a boring keyboard. And it’s none other than Microsoft that is playing the pioneering role in the ongoing regeneration of its touchscreen technology, from Surface desktops to the new Microsoft TouchWall.

All the excitement was sparked when recently retired Microsoft CEO Bill Gates showcased the TouchWall for the first time at the recently concluded Microsoft CEO Summit. Remarkably, Microsoft’s TouchWall technology has arrived at a time when the world is applauding the long-awaited yet stunning debut of the Microsoft Surface.

If one remembers correctly, it wasn’t that long ago when the then head of Microsoft announced the launch of the Surface technology much to the astonishment of tech fans across the globe. The Surface desktop was the first of its kind in technology, taking user interactivity to new heights with the proper convergence of the virtual world with real life experiences.

There’s been a lot of debate about touch interfaces, used on Surface desktops. While there was an earlier announcement about the upcoming Windows 7 to feature all the interfaces; Apple Inc. may well be praised for creating the most prosperous touch computer to date, i.e. iPhone. iPhones are one of the first successful interpretations and integrations of touch or Multitouch technology that enables file browsing, web browsing, zooming and image rotation, with just the movement of your fingers.

In the words of Bill Gates, TouchWall is a “smart whiteboard”. This device works almost similarly to the iPhone: pinch to zoom and flick to move. To the amusement of all the delegates at the Summit, Gates demonstrated how to easily navigate a complex, multimedia-filled Word document with the help of the interface.

TouchWall allows you to flip through the pages of a Word document, displaying various touch effects; while a PowerPoint document can be presented in stunning style by moving and zooming in on selected features. The most fascinating part of the TouchWall, however, is the stylus feature, which allows you to circle items or jot down notes, all with your finger.

The meeting was impressed with the easy interactivity of the user interface; and it wasn’t necessary for the Microsoft CEO to categorically raise his hopes that TouchWall would become a vital tool for use with the next iteration of Microsoft Office.

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