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As you know, Apple recently unveiled its new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar touch display. What you may not know, is that Microsoft was at one point working on a Touch Bar-esque keyboard feature of its own.

The Verge points to a website for¬†Microsoft’s applied sciences group, which highlights¬†concepts revolving around keyboard innovation. The group rounded out the initiative in 2009 with an¬†“Adaptive Keyboard.”

More recently, the research team investigated how touch experiences might be effectively integrated with keyboard input. This prototype has a large, touch-sensitive display strip at the top with the display continuing underneath the keys. In addition, a software infrastructure was developed to quickly enable students participating in the 2010 Student Innovation Contest at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology to create their own on-device experiences.

And here’s a clip showing the concept in action:

Ultimately, Microsoft ended up going with full touchscreen laptops. That’s a much different strategy than Apple, who said it looked into¬†touchscreen laptops¬†and didn’t think they¬†made for a good experience.

Source: Microsoft via The Verge