PDC 2008 – Following All The Mobile News

Some points of interest for us mobile, Tablet PC and Touch users — This isn’t going to be really a ‘Live Blogging’, but I’ll keep this post updated frequently with some important news coming form the Live Keynote going on right now!

Stay Tuned for some Updates!


Cool new Taskbar — previews in Full Screen — shows different tabs in IE as separate windows

Snapping of windows by ‘docking’ automatically — tiled or Full Screen

New Libraries feature for browsing files and folders


Windows Home Group — automatically connect to all computers when you turn on your computer and attach to network


New lightweight media player built in — playing music from other computers on the network

Easy to share and create custom themes — Very cool!

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HP TouchSmart on the screen

Added 25% more space when using Touch

Repowered mouse commands with Touch! Showing MS Word being scrolled with your finger

9:05 — Time update

Click and Gestures with your finger — fwd and back


Tuned to touch — windows explorer — scroll

New re facing of paint — for touch friendly use ???

Paint in Paint with your finger!

9:10 — Time update


Virtual Earth (type application) using Multi touch demo

They are moving on to other features now — I will still be watching, but looks like the Touch/Interface talk is moving to something else – Live Services.

They are now showing Autodesk application using Multitouch — Rotate 3D CAD drawings with your finger — modify the drawing as well!   Nice

Showing Windows 7 on a Netbook — only using 1/2 the 1Gig or ram at boot — big improvement!

Native Mount and Create Virtual Hard Drives — Boot from the same VHD multiple times

Nice Multi monitor changes — rotate and do more right form Windows

Remote Desktop enhancements — You can use multiple monitors during the remote desktop

Time Update — 9:40

Beta – ““Early Next Year”

RTM – ““No New Information” — ““The right time to release is 3 years after availability of Vista”

Comment – ““Please develop for 64bit” — big emphasis on this

Time Update — 9:50

Now we are really getting off topic for our site –   developing in .NET — unless they talk about developing for Touch :) — I’ll stay listening — Updating as needed will continue.

I had to step away — but when I came back they were showing a very cool picture application on the HP — WPF with multitouch — adding tags using your finger and browsing the tags and photos with your finger on the screen

Added — Multitouch now in WPF


OneNote on the Web!   Desktop and Web synced!

Here are some pictures of the UI from Ars Technica, which won’t be the last we’ll see I’m sure.