Touchscreen Tech and Tablet PCs: Features in Windows® 7
A great Windows 7 Feature is the Touchscreen. Touchscreens are not something that we are not familiar with. It is not in any way a new technology. As a matter of fact, they're supposed to be older than the Personal Computer. The first PC to come up with a touchscreen was the HP-150 which was revealed sometime in the early eighties. These products work remarkably well especially for push-button-type interfaces and they have been known to be used widely in mobile, industrial, and commercial environments. They make quick entry of sample data. Almost every computer vendor that comes to mind has developed a touchscreen PC at some point, but it is seldom that they have caught -on with it. The fact lies in the issue that for a desktop or lab-based computer, the keyboard and the various pointing devices that are used on an everyday basis are just more efficient for typical personal computer work.
Tablet PC Feature of Windows 7
Touchscreens have not been able to make an impact and this inability has been contributed by the elusive Tablet PC, another superb Windows 7 Feature. A laptop-sized computer with a touch interface has been in the pipeline for a long time in the world of geeks. Companies have been making them in part but they have never been removed because their low production runs have kept the prices high and in part because low-cost touchscreen tech (hardware and software) was excellent like consumers wanted it to be.
Mobile computing devices long proved to be a robust laboratory for the enhancement of useable and convenient touch screen interfaces, and the quick growth of mobile phones and information appliances with ever-larger touchscreens is both making people eased with them and driving the production cost down. Apple's huge success with the iPhone and the word doing the rounds that it will be revealing a Tablet PC are adding more color to the touchscreen market both by setting a high bar for usability and generating interest.
There is no time to indicate that Apple has any desire of releasing a desktop computer with touch, but Microsoft has been making touch-enabled version of its operating system for quite sometime, and Windows 7 has more support for touch than earlier versions. At least $200 is added by touchscreens to the price of a monitor, so it's still only possible in the world of the higher-end personal computers. However it is cheap enough to be accessible to most computer users who would want it.
If anyone do not want a touchscreen, the time could not have been better. The Dell Studio One with Windows 7 costs $1024, which is expensive for a PC, but good enough for a sleek all-in-one. The iMac, which is modeled around the same lines, costs $1199. Next, Window's optical touchscreen tech has many boons over the older touchscreens that one could have used in the past.