A nice demonstration of why Windows 7 will not be a nice OS for a tablet

Supposed HP Slate prototype video (via John Gruber)Some…
[Via Marco.org]

Supposed HP Slate prototype video (via John Gruber)

Some standouts:

  • The Ctrl-Alt-Delete hardware button.1
  • The booting.
  • The mouse pointer that appears on screen for a few seconds after the desktop loads, tracking the first couple of touches, before some component presumably loads and tells it to hide. The touch features are obviously just sloppy bolt-ons to Windows.
  • The little blue dot animation on each touch to give some feedback that it received the touch, presumably because so many applications in Windows aren’t meant to show any sort of touch feedback, because they’re not designed for touch usage. Sounds like a blast.
  • The browser scrolling performance right before he says, “Very fast.”
  • Flash running in the browser… otherwise it might be responsive.
  • Tapping the address bar in Internet Explorer to type a URL doesn’t bring up the on-screen keyboard automatically, or hide it after the URL is entered — he has to hit the keyboard button on the side to show and hide the keyboard manually.


HP Slate video shows all that’s wrong with Windows 7 on tablets
[Via Ars Technica]

Engadget has posted a YouTube video purporting to show HP’s forthcoming Slate—the Intel-powered, Windows 7 PC in an iPad-like form factor. What the video really shows is a smart piece of hardware that’s let down by the software running on it.


Watch the video and see the horrid experience of trying to use your finger on a touchscreen for an OS that is not made for touch. As Marco states, you can see the mouse arrow appear, it takes forever to boot, and everything is so slow.

The miracle of the iPad is that the screen reacts so fast that it seems stuck to your finger. There is no latency in almost anything you do with your finger.

MS has a new mobile version coming out soon. It had better be a lot leaner and faster. we shall see just how optimized it is for tablets. Because the Android OS from Google is not designed to use on tablets.

As has been discussed by Google itself, the Android operating system is not optimized for a tablet. Unlike, what Apple did – making it very easy not only for iPhone apps to look great ion the iPad and making it easy for developers for make versions that run on either – Samsung is having to ask developers individually to change their apps to tun on the Galaxy tablet. Apps on the Samsung Galaxy tablet will not look very good. Some may not run at all.

In fact, tablets using a Google OS may use a completely different one – Chrome – when it ever comes out. As was stated in the article:

The Galaxy Tab’s Android operating system “can be replaced with Chrome, when that arrives, though owners who aren’t tech savvy should have this upgrade carried out by a professional,” wrote yesterday’s Sunday Times in a subscribers-only report that was quickly picked up on by Electricpig and others.

Great. Take it back in order to get an upgrade. Talk about a fragmented market. There are already 3-4 different Android OS out in the wild that may need different developer versions. Now a completely different OS for developers?