Microsoft Creating Special Tablet Interface for Windows 7
While Windows 7 is technically compatible with touchscreens, it's hard to use with finger navigation. That's why Microsoft is reportedly working on a special version of Windows 7 that's more finger-friendly.
ZDNet reports Microsoft might be working on a special interface for Windows 7 that will appeal to tablet users. There have already been a few skins developed for Windows 7 on tablets, but this version would be sanctioned by Microsoft itself. It's also a necessary step if Microsoft wants to enter the tablet market.
Microsoft expert Mary Jo Foley believes that it could even be an expansion of the current Windows Media Center interface, which is widely regarded as a success.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed separately that Microsoft won't be releasing any new full versions of Windows until the expected release of Windows 8 in 2012. That jibes well with the rumors that the tablet form of Windows 7 would just be an interface tweak that makes onscreen navigation easier without changing the fundamental structure of the operating system.
Of course, there are other rumors that Microsoft may skip Windows 7 for tablets and rely on the new Windows Phone 7 platform for tablets . A hint about Microsoft's tablet plans is expected at a company press event on October 11 .