Microsoft program confirms NextWindow touch screens optimized for new operating system
NextWindow, the market and technology leader in optical touch screens for all-in-one PCs and large-format displays, today became the first optical touch screen manufacturer to announce Windows 7 logo certification from Microsoft. Achieving Windows 7 logo certification is a major milestone for NextWindow, whose touch screens are used in all-in-one PCs from Dell and Hewlett-Packard. The world’s largest PC manufacturers can now be confident that NextWindow touch screens will achieve the high performance standards required to run within Windows 7.
Windows 7 logo certification is based on extensive analysis and input from domain experts and feedback from Microsoft’s OEM, ISV and IHV partners on the challenges they and their customers face. The logo certification program aims to help customers make better purchase decisions by identifying products via the ‘Compatible with Windows 7’ logo that have passed Microsoft’s rigorous tests for compatibility and reliability. Windows 7 is Microsoft’s newest operating system which will offer multi-touch functionality.
It is expected that the launch of Windows 7 later this year will spur software publishers to develop an array of new touch screen-enabled applications for desktop computers. Likewise, all of the largest PC manufacturers are expected to introduce new desktop computers with touch screen monitors. Analyst firm DisplaySearch is forecasting that the touch screen market will grow to $9 billion by 2015, and that multi-touch functionality will be a key market driver. NextWindow is the leader in the optical touch screen market today, with hundreds of thousands of touch screens installed worldwide and key patents held for multi-touch technology applications.
“Of course we’re excited to be the first optical touch screen manufacturer to announce Windows 7 logo certification,” said Al Monro, CEO at NextWindow. “The accomplishment is testament to the very hard work put in by our development team over the past few months. It is also a reflection of the success we’ve had building touch screens for leading PC manufacturers. NextWindow is ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding the business and technological needs of these companies. We look forward to continued success built around the launch of Windows 7 and the introduction of new touch-enabled PCs.”
NextWindow is a leader in touch-screen technology and a major manufacturer of optical multi-touch displays for OEMs, ODMs and resellers. With highly accurate, cost-effective solutions designed for personal and business use, NextWindow provides the hardware necessary to bring touch-screen technology to life—giving software designers the freedom to create exciting and intuitive applications. Founded in 2000, NextWindow is privately held with offices in New Zealand, Taiwan, California and Singapore, with manufacturing facilities throughout Asia. More information about NextWindow is available at www.nextwindow.com.
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