Don't Blame Tablet PC Makers for Windows 7 Applications' Touch Deficiencies

Back in mid-July, I offered this piece of advice to Microsoft.

Note to Microsoft: Stop Trying to Lead by Following. Bring Back the Handheld PC with a Modern Windows CE Interface

Since then, evidence has been increasing that Microsoft intends to promote Windows 7 as their tablet operating system platform. This is a very bad decision in my opinion. And, I thought I might find some supporting evidence in this Seattle pi blog item:

Another Windows 7 tablet review shows it’s just not the right combination

Unfortunately, while all the points appear valid and correct, I don’t think choosing to test Windows 7 on a tablet produced by a little known company (Tegatech) in Australia is very useful. This tablet will probably never be seen in large quantities in the U.S. The problem is not due to Tegatech’s hardware or, for that matter, the Asus MT91A I bought last year that runs Windows 7 sluggishly. The problem is that the vast majority of Windows applications were not designed to be used on a touch screen with a finger tip acting as a stylus.

A touchscreen tablet device needs a touchscreen operating system and 100% of the apps designed for touch. Any other combination will lead to disappointment. And, dont’ forget that Windows 7 is incapable of instant-on and off. It can’t even resume from sleep instantly.

Original review in GottaBeMobile here: GBM InkShow and Review: The Tega v2 Slate Proves that Windows 7 and Slates are Not a Good Mix