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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not astonishing
by MysterMask on Sat 7th Feb 2009 15:47 UTC
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2005-07-12

So is anybody really astonished to see Microsoft once again overpromising / underperforming.

To anybody but the die hard Win fangirls it was clear that this would happen when Microsoft's marketing people hoped on the iPhone hype and claimed that Lose7's touch features will leave the iPhone in the dust.

This is Microsoft's usual marketing tactic if they sense that competitors have better technology: the claim that the next version of Door/Home-Office/Not-SQL-Server/iiS/etc. will leave competition in the dust to prevent customers flocking to the competition. Then they release an underperforming product which needs at least 3 Versions to become useful. Especially when it comes to user interfaces, they still don't get that less is more.

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RE: not astonishing
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 7th Feb 2009 16:54 in reply to "not astonishing"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

So is anybody really astonished to see Microsoft once again overpromising / underperforming.


Dude, BETA. B, E, T, A. BETA. Beta. Beta. Beta? Yes, beta! What you say, beta? Oh my god, beta? Yes, BETA! Give me a B, give me an E, give me a T, give me an A, gooooooooooo BETA!!!!!!

Get it?

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v RE[2]: not astonishing
by abraxas on Sat 7th Feb 2009 17:30 in reply to "RE: not astonishing"
RE[2]: not astonishing
by PlatformAgnostic on Sat 7th Feb 2009 23:27 in reply to "RE: not astonishing"
PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

That argument may apply to performance or crashiness of a feature, but in general the UI or functionality of the feature should be ready by the Beta build (at least based on the way the Win7 project is being run). Multitouch suffers from a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem. It needs to be in the OS for apps to take advantage of it, but it may be a little while (and perhaps another version of Windows) before it's totally natural.

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v RE[2]: not astonishing
by Budd on Sun 8th Feb 2009 00:16 in reply to "RE: not astonishing"
RE: not astonishing
by BallmerKnowsBest on Sun 8th Feb 2009 00:39 in reply to "not astonishing"
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2008-06-02

To anybody but the die hard Win fangirls it was clear that this would happen when Microsoft's marketing people hoped on the iPhone hype and claimed that Lose7's touch features will leave the iPhone in the dust.


Lose7?!?!? Don't quit your day job.

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