Microsoft video posted a video on its Youtube account yesterday wherein it explained the functionality and uses of pre-touch sensing.

The technology finds its roots in gesture anticipation, which means that the device knows exactly where the users' fingers are hovering around the edges and on top of the screen. It can also tell whether the device is being held by one or both the hands.

The video also demonstrates how users will be able to play games and control volume by mere hand gestures on top of the screen. In addition, pre-touch technology can also anticipate future interactions based on how the user's current style of gestures.

With this move, Microsoft comes in direct competition with Huawei and Apple who have already introduced fore-touch and 3D touch technology in the past.