Microsoft CEO Ballmer: In 2010, we’ll expand beyond keyboard and mouse into touch and gestures

“For years, we’ve relied on familiar GUI (graphical user interface) tools and methods — the keyboard and mouse; menus and commands; clicking and scrolling; files and folders — to control and manipulate computers and the applications that run on them,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer writes for The Huffington Post.

“But I believe we will look back on 2010 as the year we expanded beyond the mouse and keyboard and started incorporating more natural forms of interaction such as touch, speech, gestures, handwriting, and vision — what computer scientists call the ‘NUI’ or natural user interface,” Ballmer writes.

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MacDailyNews Take: Steve Ballmer, visionary.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe J.” for the heads up.]

70 Comments

  1. 2010 is the year we start incorporating vision into computing. Does that mean that up until now we have been using computers with our eyes closed, or that the IT industry has been meandering along without any clear direction or purpose?

  2. For years, we’ve relied on Apple methods — the keyboard and mouse; menus and commands; clicking and scrolling; files and folders — to control and manipulate computers and the applications that run on them,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer writes for The Huffington Post.

    “But I believe we will look back on 2010 as the year we relied on Apple even more and expand beyond the mouse and keyboard and started incorporating more natural forms of interaction such as touch, speech, gestures, handwriting, and vision — what computer scientists call the ‘NUI’ or natural user interface,” Ballmer writes.

  3. Nothing to see here, just your typical me-too reaction to counter forthcoming new Apple hardware. It’s gotta be wearing thin for most people by now – surely?

    I want innovation by Microsoft to push Apple but this is embarrasing

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