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Microsoft may not be planning any Windows 7 tablet version

CEO Steve Ballmer reportedly denied any tablet specific windows version before windows 8

We have seen a lot of attempts to make Windows 7 touch-friendly lately as more and more touch-enabled devices storm to the market. These attempts, although valiant – failed to make touch features in Win 7 totally seamless. And now Steve Ballmer makes the task all the more difficult by declaring that there won’t be any tablet specific Windows 7 version and those looking for one would do good to wait for Windows 8.

Now that leaves us with two Windows 7 branded Operating Systems – Windows 7 for x86 systems and then Windows Phone 7 for the smart-phones. There is no in-between version that can be stressed to a system with an ARM-based processor but the screen of the size of a netbook.

The current Windows 7 x86 version supports basic multi-touch but nowhere near that of iOS or Android. This is the main reason behind iPad crossing the Windows tablet PCs' estimated 2010 tablet sales within two months.

Microsoft should look into getting a tablet-ready OS version as soon as possible, because the demand for this form-factor is red-hot now. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-10-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)