Windows 7 New Ways to Engage

As new technologies emerge, Microsoft is working to translate them into exciting new experiences. Windows 7 builds on the work we’ve done in next-generation user interfaces, moving beyond the mouse and keyboard so that you can interact with your PC with multitouch gestures, handwriting, or voice. In addition, Microsoft continues to add support for Tablet PCs and to extend and improve accessibility options.

Windows Touch
Humans are tactile beings, with brains that are wired for touch. PCs and devices can come to life in entirely new ways when you use your fingers to control what happens on the screen, making PC use simple and intuitive. Instead of pointing and clicking, you just touch and tap. Pan the screen to scroll through Web pages and lists and tap to launch programs and open documents. Sort and resize photos more naturally. With Windows 7 and a touch-enabled monitor, virtually any program that works with Windows now responds to your touch. Windows 7 is touch-friendly throughout. For instance, the Start menu, Windows Taskbar, and Windows Explorer all have bigger icons that are easier to select with your finger. You can use your finger to arrange the pictures in a photo album or scroll through and select recorded TV in Windows Media Center. You can also control what happens on the screen by using more than one finger. Zoom in on an image by moving two fingers apart, or zoom out by moving two fingers closer together, like you’re pinching something. Rotate an image on the screen by rotating one finger around another, or right-click by holding one finger on your target and tapping the screen with a second finger. The multitouch features built into Windows 7 also provide a rich platform for software developers, giving them full access to multitouch data and manipulation APIs for stretching, rotating, or moving objects.

Note: Some product features of Windows 7, such as the ability to watch and record live TV or navigation through the use of touch, may require advanced or additional hardware.

Tablet PC Enhancements
Windows 7 improves the Tablet PC with greater accuracy and speed for handwriting recognition, support for handwritten math expressions, personalized custom dictionaries for handwriting recognition, and more.

Improved Handwriting Recognition
The Tablet PC writing surface has been completely re-designed so that handwriting is converted to text automatically as you write. When combined with the new editing gestures and smart correction (correcting one character will automatically update the rest of the word to match it) you’ll experience new flexibility and efficiency during handwriting input. In fact, you’ll notice much better handwriting recognition accuracy and speed for all supported languages including Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, and Korean.

Handwritten Math Expressions
If you work with math expressions, you’ll be especially pleased with how you can use handwriting recognition to enter those expressions in Windows 7. The Math Input Panel is a new accessory that recognizes handwritten math expressions, provides a rich correction experience, and inserts math expressions into target programs.

Text Prediction for Touch Keyboard
When using the Touch keyboard in Windows 7, text prediction helps you enter text more efficiently. Just type a few letters and you’ll be offered a list of words that match. Based on the words you use frequently and the corrections that you make, Windows 7 will become even better at predicting what you type over time. The redesigned keyboard also offers better support for using your fingers with features like the glow feedback (that shows you the key you tapped), automatic larger size when used with touch vs. a pen, and Web keys to make entering Web addresses even easier.

Custom Dictionaries
If you need specialized vocabularies, you’ll find it easier to create and install custom dictionaries that will improve handwriting recognition. For instance, if you’re a doctor, you can add medical terminology.

Support for Additional Languages
In addition to the 12 languages supported by Windows Vista, Windows 7 adds handwriting support for Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Portuguese (Portugal), Polish, Russian, Romanian, Catalan, Serbian Latin, Croatian, Serbian-Cyrillic, and Czech. Text Prediction with pen input has been expanded from Windows Vista too.

Note: Windows Vista supports handwriting recognition for Tablet PCs in 12 languages: English (U.S.), English (U.K.), German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, and Korean.

Windows 7 enhances the accessibility options that are so important to people with special needs. From more personalized speech recognition to a new on-screen layout, Windows 7 is more accessible to everyone.

In Windows 7, we’ve improved the accuracy of Windows Speech Recognition so that you can dictate to your PC in many common programs and tell it what to do. For instance, you can easily dictate an e-mail by speaking the recipient’s name and the content of the message.

Use Magnifier whenever you need to magnify the entire screen or parts of it. It’s particularly helpful for people who are visually impaired or have difficulty seeing the screen, but it can be used anytime you want to see an object better—even when using a small notebook PC. You can use full-screen mode to magnify the entire desktop or lens-mode to magnify only a portion of the screen. In Windows 7, Magnifier works with DirectX content and supports the use of a pen, touch, and keyboard shortcuts in full-screen magnification.

On-Screen Keyboard
The on-screen keyboard in Windows 7 has a new look, and now includes personalized word and next word prediction based on the same technology used for the Tablet PC. If you’re unable to use a standard keyboard, this feature can dramatically improve how fast you enter words.

Source of Information : Windows 7 Product Guide


Subscribe to Developer Techno ?
Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner