Linked by Adam S on Mon 1st Feb 2010 18:19 UTC
Podcasts Back in August of 2009, the OSnews team spent 3 full hours discussing Apple. In the course of discussion, we spent some time talking about the then-mythical "Apple Tablet." So, 5 months later, how did we do? Were we accurate in our predictions? How did you envision the Tablet, long before the nonsensically named "iPad" became a reality? This clip, which I've called "Episode 20.x" and inserted into cannon retroactively, is pulled, unaltered, from the original podcast.
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Windows OS not designed for touch?
by cadrethree on Tue 2nd Feb 2010 01:16 UTC
cadrethree
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2010-02-02

I don't get the statment that windows isn't designed for touch. Windows 7 isn't a stripped down mobile operating system that is crippled with limited functions like the Iphone OS. It's a full operating that was designed with touch in mind. It's old thinking from the late 90's that mobile means one or two functions per device.
I personally hope the Ipad fails. It's one thing to choose Apple and pay more per features than a Microsoft product, but when Apple says E-books needs to be 5 dollars more and PC users are forced to pay this because Jobs says so is insane. Reminds me of the early 80's when PC's cost as much as car. Thank God Apple lost to Microsoft.

Edited 2010-02-02 01:18 UTC

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cb_osn Member since:
2006-02-26

I don't get the statment that windows isn't designed for touch. Windows 7 isn't a stripped down mobile operating system that is crippled with limited functions like the Iphone OS. It's a full operating that was designed with touch in mind. It's old thinking from the late 90's that mobile means one or two functions per device.

If at any point, I am expected to navigate through hierarchical menus, activate poorly spaced 16 pixel square buttons in a toolbar, or drag a scrollbar thumb control with my finger, then the OS has failed at touch.

Tacking touch support onto the standard Windows interface in 2010 is like trying to build a desktop UI on a character mode terminal in 1985. The model is entirely different.

It also goes deeper than just touch. Apple is banking on the idea that people prefer content and services over files and applications. The question isn't whether or not they are wrong-- they're not. The question is how long it will take everyone else to catch up.

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