06/05/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Microsoft Unveils New Touch-Screen Windows System

Microsoft announced Wednesday that its new operating system, Windows 7, would be built for touch-screen applications, an alternative to the computer mouse. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the new touch-screen technology at the Wall Street Journal's All Things D Conference.

The software company's top two executives defended its last operating system, Vista, while acknowledging missteps. Gates said he has never been 100 percent satisfied with any Microsoft product, and that the company prides itself on fixing shortcomings in later versions.

"Vista has given more opportunity to exercise our culture than some products," he deadpanned.

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All Things D has video of the demonstration of the new multi-touch technology at their D6 Conference in Carlsbad, CA Wednesday: