SEATTLE — Microsoft plans to include touch screen functionality as a feature of the operating system in the next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, the company says.
Support for touch screens will come in addition to support for pen-based input that Microsoft currently offers in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.
Microsoft hopes the support in the operating system will move PC vendors to add touch screens to their mobile PCs, especially Tablet PCs, says Susan Cameron, group product manager at Microsoft.
"We believe that the dual-mode input option on [Tablet PCs] will appeal to users," Cameron says.
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