Windows 7 Tablet Edition Rumors Surface Again

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7 Dec, 2010 4:42 pm

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We’ve previously heard rumors about Microsoft looking into a version of Windows 7 for tablets, possibly basing the interface on Windows Media Center or the Metro interface seen on Windows Phone 7. These rumors surface again today from a couple of analysts.  They state the tablet edition will have an interface based on said styles, running on top of Windows 7 ‘piping’.

The analyst goes on to state that Microsoft will implement hardware requirements for tablet manufacturers (eg. capacitive touch with 4+ contact points, accelerometer) so apps run as intended on all Windows 7 ‘Tablet Edition’ devices, and lastly they will push Windows Marketplace as their app store.

Source: Motley Fool


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  • JLee

    Oh no Peter is trying to talk about tablets again. Microsoft used to offer tablet versions of Windows. Now, all of the tablet functionality is built in to the operating system. Microsoft already has requirements on hardware in order to expose these functions.

    How can you not know this? How can you not know what a tablet is? Why are you even pretending to coverage tablet computing if you’re willing to be so confused and push this confusion onto readers who rely on you as their source for information which is a big mistake in your case? Are you using the term tablet here because you really don’t know what one is or are your just trying to show up in search results and feed lists? I guess I shouldn’t expect tablet knowledge from a netbook site but maybe we can see the amount of coverage dwindle down to the level of the understanding that you bring to the table.

  • http://netbookupdates.com/ shcboomer

    I don’t think you read through the article clearly…

    “The analyst goes on to state that Microsoft will implement hardware requirements for tablet manufacturers (eg. capacitive touch with 4+ contact points, accelerometer) so apps run as intended ”
    This news is about how they might make a version that adds support to just tablets and not just the standard laptop/tablet. This includes as mentioned multitouch and capacitive touch screens.

    In addition they may also work on the interface for ease of touch users using the interface found in WMC or WP7.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Windows has tablet functions built in, and Windows and tablets are nothing new but that’s besides the point, which is talk of a possible version -specifically- for the slate-consumer tablet craze hitting next year. It’ll probably be dumbed down with big buttons and all just for those capacitive touch screens.