Microsoft’s effort to battle more than two years of Windows-bashing from rival Apple took a new turn yesterday. After the recent two weeks of three teaser ads featuring Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates and comic Jerry Seinfeld, the company has now launched a new TV ad that directly addresses the long-running Apple campaign that personifies its Mac as a young, hip guy and a Windows PC as a clueless geek!

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Bill Gates is finally saying his last words as he waves goodbye to Microsoft, but he’ll still remain as the chairman though! Bill Gates will be moving on his focus to more charitable work and of course that means his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!

Watch this quick six-minute video of what Bill Gates has done and offered to the IT world…

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Remember the video of the Microsoft Surface PC which we showed earlier last year? If you were impressed with that, then you will be even quite excited to see the same multi-touch technology applied in the same fashion on to a laptop running the next version of Windows: Windows 7.

Julie Larson-Green from Microsoft demonstrated at the recent D6 Conference saying that Microsoft is using part of the multi-touch technology from the Surface PC to enhance Windows 7. The operating system the demonstration is running on is a Dell Latitude XL with Windows 7.

Microsoft Surface multi-touch technology enhances Windows 7 on video…

This demonstration is basically showing how Microsoft Surface could enhance Windows experience on future computers, Windows 7 to be specific. As most will know by now, Windows 7 is expected to arrive in 2010 (click here to catch up), but what are the chances of laptops / PC monitors with multi-touch functionality becoming a popular, widely used product by 2010? The answer is probably not very likely, but the fact that Microsoft has demonstrated that they can already apply this technology to laptops, I reckon it shouldn’t be too long before household PCs become like those in the Minority Report!

Enough of me rambling, here are some of things that were mentioned during an interview with two of Microsoft’s most important people, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer…

  • Windows 7 is apparently months away, due late in 2009.
  • Walt asks Ballmer if he’s worried about the next iteration of Mac OS X, which will likely be released before Windows 7. Is there a risk that the work you’re doing now with multi-touch will look dated when Apple (AAPL) releases its next OS?
    Ballmer says he’s confident Microsoft will have fantastic Windows 7 PCs, regardless of what Apple’s got on the market. “There’s a lot in Windows 7, and our goal is to produce fantastic PCs with our hardware partners.”
  • The conversation turns to Windows 7, which Microsoft hasn’t said too much about. Clearly, the company has learned from the media beating it took over the defeatured and perennially delayed Windows Vista. Indeed, in a post to the Windows Vista blog today, Microsoft’s Chris Flore noted that Microsoft is being very careful about releasing details about Windows 7. “What is a little different today is when and how we are talking about the next version of Windows,” Flore wrote. “So, why the change in approach? We know that when we talk about our plans for the next release of Windows, people take action. As a result, we can significantly impact our partners and our customers if we broadly share information that later changes. With Windows 7, we’re trying to more carefully plan how we share information with our customers and partners. This means sharing the right level of information at the right time depending on the needs of the audience.”

Microsoft Surface multi-touch technology enhances Windows 7 on video…

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If you were following us in February you will no doubt remember the post in which we showed some Windows 7 screenshots in addition to a video of its ‘new’ start menu. These at the time were highly criticised for their authenticity and rightly so, they looked a lot like our present day Windows Vista, it was difficult for us to believer they were real too!

But just a few days ago, Bill Gates revealed for us what we all wanted to hear, that the next version of Windows: Windows 7 (formerly called Windows Vienna for some reason) will be out in 2010. Might my PC running Windows XP be able to wait two more years, I would hate to have to switch to Vista now, I’m in hopeful spirits for Windows 7!

As you can see, these are the latest pics that have been claimed by many blogs to be ‘real’, in my opinion, they look different from the ones we showed earlier, so it is really difficult to tell if there is any authenticity to them at all, we remain sceptical!

This is what Bill Gates said at the Windows Digital Lifestyle Consortium in Tokyo…

We’re hard at work, I would say, on the next version, which we call Windows 7. I’m very excited about the work being done there. The ability to be lower power, take less memory, be more efficient, and have lots more connections up to the mobile phone, so those scenarios connect up well to make it a great platform for the best gaming that can be done, to connect up to the thing being done out on the Internet, so that, for example, if you have two personal computers, that your files automatically are synchronized between them, and so you don’t have a lot of work to move that data back and forth.

Though we remain sceptical about these images, as they can be created by anyone who is keen on some ‘image enhancement’, it’s good to know that there’s now a date to look forward to, late 2009 – 2010!

[via Sizzledcore]

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