Microsoft’s Engineering Windows 7 blog just published an indepth look at the changes that went into the handwriting improvements in Windows 7 – a must read for all Tablet PC users and enthusiasts.
Microsoft has been working on handwriting recognition for over 15 years going back to the Pen extensions for Windows 3.0. With the increased integration and broad availability of the handwriting components present in Windows Vista we continue to see increased use of handwriting with Windows PCs. We see many customers using handwriting across a wide variety of applications including schools, hospitals, banking, insurance, government, and more. It is exciting to see this natural form of interaction used in new scenarios. Of course one thing we need to continue to do is improve the quality of recognition as well as the availability of recognizers in more languages around the world. In this post, Yvonne, a Program Manager on our User Interface Platform team, provides a perspective on engineering new recognizers and recognition improvements in Windows 7.