Microsoft Software Test Engineer and blogger Hilton Locke said this week that the Windows Vista successor, codenamed “Vienna,” you know, like the sausage, will include new multi-touch features.

“I will say that if you are impressed by the ‘touch features’ in the iPhone, you’ll be blown away by what’s coming in Windows 7,” said Hilton Locke, a test engineer on the Tablet PC effort. “Now if only we could convince more OEMs that Windows Touch Technology is going to drive their sales.”

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Yeah, see, if you just wait for the “next” version of Windows, Microsoft will finally get it right. What’s that? You just finished waiting 6+ years for the chrome-plated turd they call “Vista?” And, they promised you the same things with Windows 98, Me, XP, etc., too? No, really, this time they mean it: just wait for the “next” version of Windows, and Microsoft will finally get it right. It’ll be amazing, we’re sure. Don’t be so impatient. Sheesh, you act like your time is so damn important. Relax.

Oh, yeah, we almost forgot: Do not, under any circumstances, watch or read anything about Steve Jobs’ Macworld Expo keynote a month from now. Just keep waiting for Microsoft to “blow away” a pocket-sized 2007 device’s UI with their next PC OS that’s due in 2010 (or so they say today).