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Being that I write about Microsoft products for a living, I spent the weekend shopping for hardware to run Windows 7 on. Although Microsoft has given me a pre beta build of Windows 7, there seems to be a definite lack of hardware specifications. Maybe it’s buried deep within the documentation somewhere, but the only thing that I have been able to find so far is a statement on several non-Microsoft Web sites stating that Windows 7 will run on hardware that’s designed for Windows Vista.
Without a doubt, the biggest Windows 7 feature being shown off right now is its touch screen functionality. Some in the media have likened Windows 7’s touch capability to having the best iPhone features bundled into a PC.
Wanting to get the full experience, I started shopping around for a good touch screen monitor. What I found during my research is that Windows 7 uses a feature called multi touch. Essentially, this means that the monitor can recognize and respond to multiple points of contact simultaneously. Right now, there are several touch screen monitors on the market, but I have yet to find any PC compatible monitors that support multi touch.
From what I am reading, pretty much all of the major monitor manufacturers will release multi touch monitors several months from now. A company named Albatron has created the 22 inch multi touch displays that Microsoft is using during the Windows 7 development, but sadly, they have yet to begin selling these monitors to the public. Albatron currently estimates that their 22 inch multi touch display will sell for roughly about twenty percent more than its non touch sensitive counterpart.