Looks like Microsoft is really going “hands on” (hehe… I crack myself up!) Check out the list from Gizmodo:
- There will be a OSX-like dock, though how OS X-like is yet to be seen.
- Multi-touch gestures in photogalleries like two-finger zoom, flicking, and panning. Think of the photo app on the Microsoft Surface table.
- Multi-touch paint program where you can draw with 10 fingers (again, think of what you’ve already seen in Surface)
- Multi-touch piano app
- In-depth mapping application that pulls from Microsoft’s Live Maps and Microsoft Virtual Earth
It’s that last one that should peek lots of interest ’round here. Combined with the touch technology, I can see a number of potential uses in the geospatial world. Supposedly we’re looking at sometime late next year for a release date, although MS is notorious for having exceptionally fuzzy release dates.