Touch Screen Announcements Targeting Windows 7

With details about Windows 7 about to be unveiled at PDC2008, it looks like some OEMs are beginning to let slip some info about their devices that are going to incorporate the touch capabilities included in the new OS. DigiTimes is reporting that Asus is readying touch screen Eee PCs for the first or second quarter in 2009. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that HP is readying a touch screen laptop that may debut before the end of this year. Both tidbits of information place possible release dates ahead of the “known” schedule for Windows 7, but I’m guessing these would be moves to be out front of the rest. That said, don’t look for others to be sitting on the sideline. I anticipate seeing a number of touch screen devices at CES2009 this January.  

Keep in mind that HP already has a line of touch screen Tablet PCs (the tx2500 series) as well as its TouchSmart series for the desktop, so this is no departure for them there.