Idea implemented in Apple panel Touch Bar, Microsoft had developed since 1999
The main innovation recently introduced laptops Apple MacBook Pro can be considered a touch bar Touch Bar, replaced the usual function keys. Panel functions and display her image depend on the application. As it turned out, the concept in the Microsoft company was developed starting with 1999.
From the beginning, the developers imagined keys in the form of small displays, the image and functions of which depend on the context.
For ten years, was developed and tested several prototypes. The idea gained it is a complete embodiment in 2009 in the form of a device called the «adaptive keyboard». However, in the serial products development and has not appeared.
How to know if Microsoft had not refused to continue work in this direction, perhaps the analogue of the Touch Bar would get in a vehicle hybrid laptop i7 Microsoft Surface Book.