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Windows 7 Tablet PC Screenshots



image Several of us on the team are fortunate enough to be participating in the Windows 7 beta, and we’ve got some screen shots of some of the new Tablet PC features in Windows 7. Keep in mind, a lot of this might change between now and release. There will be more coming, so stay tuned. Warner will be filming an InkShow soon. Hit the Read More link to see the gallery of screen shots. Click the images for bigger shots.

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The TIP Tab operates a little differently in Windows 7. The Tab on the left side stays hidden until you bring the pen to the screen, then the tab displays allowing you to click it to show the full TIP.   In Vista, the tab would always show and accidentally display when you moved the mouse over it . Correction: Vista has this setting, too, but it is not turned on by default like it is in Windows 7. Correction 2: turns out this might be a pre-beta thing. Others are reporting it working like Vista, defaulting with the tab showing. Oh well. Chalk it up to pre-beta. I actually like it this way, so I’m glad I accidentally discovered it.Inplace tip in the Search, etc doesn’t appear to be there   – at least not yet.
window7tabletpc 002  The TIP also features little how-to animations that display when you click on them — how to correct a word, how to delete, how to split a word, how to join, and an option to hide the videos.
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video demo of how to delete some handwriting
window7tabletpc 005After handwriting in to the TIP, it auto recognizes inline rather than displaying the recognition results in a bubble below the word as Vista does
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The default look of the keyboard in the TIP
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Windows Journal looks the same
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The new Math Input Panel, which is seperate from the TIP
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Doing reco with the panel
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The new Sticky Notes and corkboard / bulletin board to flip through the notes
window7tabletpc 010The corkboard / bulletin board displaying the stickynotes
ie8windows7tabletpctip 001Using the TIP in Internet Explorer 8 and Windows 7 — notice everything is already filled in for you, except the domain name — just ink right in that spot and it autoexpands image
Making a correction using the TIP .Test is getting corrected, ““for handwriting” is already recognized and displayed using a special handwriting font.


  1. dave s

    10/28/2008 at 9:01 pm

    you can hide the tab like that in vista, as well
    i like what they did with the on screen keyboard
    the vista one is hardly viewable outdoors

  2. Antimatter

    10/28/2008 at 9:36 pm

    Does the keyboard support multitouch, like holding shift to enter a capital letter?

  3. Rob

    10/28/2008 at 9:47 pm

    @dave s – true, but it is not turned on by default like in Windows 7

    @antimatter – I don’t have the multitouch bits in this build, so I can’t answer that question right now. Hopefully, I’ll get the multitouch bits in a future build.

  4. Medic

    10/29/2008 at 6:36 am

    With regard to sticky notes:
    Is it known if the sticky notes can be transfered to notes in Outlook or to the tasklist in Outlook? In other words can a sticky notes be saved and used in another program?

    With regard to using the TIP in IE8:
    Can other prefilled domains also automatically be programmed? (i.e. .eu, .nl, .net etc.?)

  5. Rob

    10/29/2008 at 6:51 am

    @medic – don’t know, but I’ll try….

  6. Eric

    10/29/2008 at 10:11 am

    Can you make the corkboard full screen and view all your stickies at once? Move the stickies around?

  7. Rob

    10/29/2008 at 10:13 am

    @eric – unfortunately not

  8. Dr. Angel Rajan Singh

    10/29/2008 at 10:32 am

    Hi Rob, if i am not wrong, you guys have an HTC shift. I’ll be grateful if someone could shed some shed light on whether HTC shift would support Windows 7 and will there be speed improvements by using Windows 7 on it instead of Vista?

    It’s important for me to know at this stage because i need to decide whether to persist with HTC shift for long or not. I hate to part with the Shift as upto date it’s the best device with features which no other device has been able to replace till now … though their implementation is a bit floppy and Vista is a real resourse hog so far forcing me turn off aero all together and opt for basic ME, 97 like theme to make it work fine!

    Sorry for the trouble but ur reply will be really helpful in giving the Shift a bright future!

    Thanks in advance!

  9. Rob

    10/29/2008 at 10:35 am

    We reviewed the HTC Shift last year, but do not have one. During the keynote yesterday, Sinofsky demoed Windows 7 running on a netbook, so it looks promising.

  10. Amitai Rosenberg

    10/29/2008 at 10:43 am

    Wow! Cool!
    Can you please show some videos of using Windows 7- like searching and organizing files, gadgets etc.?

  11. Brandon

    10/29/2008 at 10:50 am

    Does the math input panel recognize higher level math like algebra and calculus?

  12. Rob

    10/29/2008 at 10:52 am

    more inkshows are definitely in the works

    Brandon – yes it does. We’ll post some stuff up soon

  13. Amitai Rosenberg

    10/29/2008 at 11:13 am

    Thanks! When do you think you will be able to try windows 7 with multi touch?

  14. Rob

    10/29/2008 at 11:42 am

    @brandon – here are some math input panel screen shots showing algebra equations:

    @amitai – whenever Microsoft releases a new build with those bits…

  15. Fernando

    10/30/2008 at 8:06 pm

    Hmmm, maybe I am being too simplistic, but W7 looks like a refreshed Vista (something that perhaps could have been achieved through a service pack)…

    The real achievement will have to show that the woes of Vista (excessive fetching, etc) have been tamed in W7, and that it can effectively be used in mobile devices.

  16. Wally Mahar

    11/01/2008 at 7:27 am

    I keeep playing with the idea to make an interface with stardock.

    Vista is so unfriendly to smaller format laptops and touch it’s painful. example. scroll bars on my HP TX2500 are so thin and so close to the edge of screen that they are impossible to use with touch, difficult with pen.

    Is this any better? how does it look 800×600?


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