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October 21, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Windows 7 launch: The new touchscreen technology

NEW YORK — Dell took me through a speed date with its lineup of PCs available this year with Windows 7. The computer maker did not have any new PCs timed to come out with Microsoft’s launch of the new operating system Thursday.

An interesting aside: Dell’s netbooks, which it calls Minis, will sell with Windows 7 Starter edition, a stripped down version of the operating system, or Windows XP. So anyone who buys a netbook, which cost between $200 and $400, will have to pay for an upgrade to a full version of Windows 7.

Dell demonstrated how its computers are taking advantage of features in Windows 7, in particular the new touchscreen technology. Previously, if computer makers wanted to build touch features into their monitors, they had to write their own software for it since Windows did not have it built in.

Check out the video below on the touch music and drawing programs featuring Michelle Pearcy, Dell’s director of global product marketing for software. The computer, the Studio One 19, is an all-in-one unit where the computer is mounted to the back of the monitor.

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