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Microsoft Tackles a "Touchy Subject"

Since we’re talking about the Libretto et al., I figured we should dig up this little gem. A post from an MSDN blog about why Microsoft (and Windows 7) totally “gets” the touch initiative. The post itself isn’t much to talk about, it’s the comments that really roll me. The author starts by saying:

You manipulate the photos directly using gestures, and the strip along the bottom is a photo list, which you also manipulate through gestures. The closest thing to a standard Windows control is the “close” button near the upper-right hand corner of the screen …

which was fine, until an astute reader (and author of a great Ars article) pointed out that no, the taskbar was definitely still floating around. The response then shifted to:

The better fix — and the one that I hope gets incorporated into the Windows UI — is a task-switcher/application selector that works better with a touch interface

which I believe is generally referred to as “wishful thinking,” seeing as how production units of Windows 7 on tablets are shipping. Upon pointing out that a gross majority of the applications that will run in this operating system are also not optimized for touch, the response became:

what’s far more important, as far as I’m concerned, is the .NET framework, which is quite portable to the smallest of devices.

Oh, I see, so your touch interface sucks now but don’t worry, the .NET API will save your touch initiative? No, I’m sorry. I have love for Windows 7 (I do, it’s the best Windows yet), but it is not, and probably will never be, a proper touch screen user interface.