Linked by weildish on Sat 7th Feb 2009 10:59 UTC
Windows One of the big hypes of Windows 7 was the new integrated touch and multitouch features unheard of in previous systems. On paper, it all looks nice, but the folks over at Engadget recently tested out these said features of the beta on an HP TouchSmart PC, and were underwhelmed by the efficiency of the features.
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To gimmicky
by deathshadow on Sat 7th Feb 2009 12:03 UTC
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Touchscreens have always been a gimmick promoted by people that have an irrational fear of the keyboard. It always looks slick in demos, and for a handful of applications where single keypresses are all you need (cash registers) or for controlling a presentation it does have it's used - but frankly for normal computer use it provides little in the way of improvement. Touch is usually innaccurate, horsepower hungry, and relies on overcomplicated easily broken sensors that have relegated touchscreen to niche markets instead of widespread deployment.

Multitouch doesn't bring anything REALLY new to the table in that regard. It's another "gee ain't it neat!" technology that you'll hear trumpeted from rooftops as revolutionary...

... and stay in the shadows as an also ran, because nobody asked the question:

"What good is it?" Ooh look you can move something around and rotate it... Until someone comes up with a killer application for it, it's cutesy unneccesary bull that's all flash, and no substance.

AAAH, that felt good. I've not posted like that in a while.

Edited 2009-02-07 12:03 UTC

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