A recent video of Windows 7 in action on a touch notebook shows a desperate lack of innovation from Microsoft -- is there any hope?
British site The Inquirer has posted a video of Windows 7 touch being demoed on a HP touch laptop. You can watch it here
, but you know what's coming; a spinning atlas, zooming maps, arranging photos and so on. All it shows is the same old stuff that has been seen before.
So, either Microsoft is keeping something cool very close to its chest or this really is just a throwaway gimmick that has no beneficial application to the huge majority of users. If this is the case, why bother adding it as a feature to an operating system that it has been under immense pressure to deliver? And, if Microsoft can't deliver an interesting use for the feature, then who can?
A few companies have appeared in most of the demos we have seen. Google has no interest in making Microsoft look good, so its own desktop OS will no doubt feature some cooler, new tech that the company isn't showing anyone else.
Apple's tablet device is bound to use touch but will there be a new application behind it to make people use the technology in a new way? Let the list of cunning plans and ideas start here.