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Why Apple’s touch features win, and Microsoft’s fail

Hilton Locke : Dell Latitude XT Tablet on the website!:

“I will say that if you are impressed by the ‘touch features’ in the iPhone, you’ll be blown away by what’s coming in Windows 7. Now if only we could convince more OEMs that Windows Touch Technology is going to drive their sales.”

And that, in a nutshell, is Microsoft’s problem: it has to develop good features THEN persuade third party hardware makers to support them. It added support for the rather nice SideShow features in Vista only to find that third party hardware makers weren’t really interested in using them. It created a good platform for pen-based computing, only only to see hardware makers fail to create the kind of compelling, beautifully designed hardware which pen-based computing demands.

Sorry, Hilton, but unless you can show Dell et al that their boring, unadventurous corporate customers are demanding touch, they won’t bother to make decent products with it – no matter how good your features are.

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