Windows 7 won’t be officially launched until October 22nd, but Microsoft has been making beta and release candidate versions available for months. So while it’ll be another month or two before we start to see netbook makers launching touchscreen laptops preloaded with Windows 7, it’s a bit surprising that I haven’t seen a detailed video of Windows 7 on the Asus Eee PC T91 touchscreen tablet… until today.
Netbook hacker extraordinaire jkkmobile has posted an extensive video (we’re talking nearly 30 minutes here), showing Windows 7 on the Eee PC T91. And it looks pretty good. In fact, in a lot of ways, Windows 7 seems to be a much better operating system for this netbook than Windows XP. Windows 7 includes a number of touch-friendly features, and jkkmobile found that, among other things:
- The simulated right-click feature works much better
- Handwriting recognition works reasonably well, and there’s also an on-screen keyboard
- You can calibrate the screen using the built-in utilities
- The Asus utilities for controlling the CPU clock speed and screen resolution work just fine if you install them in Windows XP compatibility mode
It’s worth noting that the Eee PC T91 doesn’t currently support multitouch gestures, so it won’t be able to take advantage of all the touchscreen features included in Windows 7. But it’s possible that Asus will release an updated model with a multitouch display after Windows 7 is launched next month.
You can check out jkkmobile’s video after the break.