Linked by David Adams on Wed 21st Jul 2010 15:13 UTC, submitted by strestout1
Hardware, Embedded Systems The Eee Pad, announced at Computex recently, was to be Asus' first foray into the tablet market, running Windows 7 and coming in both a 10 inch and 12 inch versions. The latests rumors, according to German site NetbookNews.de, state the Asus may be dropping Windows 7 in favor of a custom version of Android. With HP dropping their Windows tablet project some months back, and now Asus backing out of their plans, is there any hope for Windows to take hold in the tablet market?
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RE: Misleading Title
by bfr99 on Fri 23rd Jul 2010 22:09 UTC in reply to "Misleading Title"
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I agree, there is widespread confusion on this issue. Windows 7 runs on X86 architecture ONLY. ARM processors require Windows Compact which is a completely different OS having quite limited capability compared to the full Windows 7 and perhaps even Android.
Intel of course is feverishly creating low power X86 chips but presumably will always lag behind the much simpler ARM chips. On the other hand for many configurations the CPU power consumption is not the dominant factor in limiting battery life.
The native lack of touch is a non issue for Windows 7. Any serious Windows 7 tablet OEM will be providing his own shell anyway. Note that every airport check-in kiosk I've seen uses XP with a reasonable touch interface.

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