Windows 7 includes a number of touch-friendly features including support for tap-and-drag, pinch-to-zoom, and other gestures. The new taskbar is nice and big and features large icons for launching applications. And the on-screen keyboard is designed for tapping with your fingers rather than a stylus. But PC makers Asus and Acer seem to think that Microsoft hasn’t gone quite far enough, and they’re bundling their own suite of touch-friendly applications with their convertible tablet-style notebooks.

The Asus Eee PC T91MT and upcoming T101MT have the Asus TouchGate software. And Notebook Italia spotted an 11.6 inch Acer Aspire 1820P convertible tablet at Mobile World Congress, sporting the Acer TouchPortal software suite. Basically, TouchPortal looks like Acer’s answer to TouchGate. I’m not entirely convinced that anyone needs either application, but here’s what you get with TouchPortal:

  • A full screen user interface
  • A touch-friendly music, movie, and image player
  • A handful of touch-friendly video games

Yeah, that’s about it. You can check out the hands-on video after the break.

via Netbook Choice

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