Is this the HP Slate running Windows 7?

Is this the HP Slate running Windows 7?

Summary: Is this a leaked video of the HP Slate running Windows 7?

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Is this a leaked video of the HP Slate running Windows 7? You decide:

Dedicated CTRL + ALT + DEL key ... seriously?

Topics: Windows, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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  • This is what a tablet SHOULD be!

    Now they just need to work on that battery life, and they are golden!
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • This is going to fail just like all other Windows Tablet PCs before it.

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      What a piece of garbage! They didn't do ANYTHING to make Windows 7 (which is barely serviceable as a point-and-click GUI) into a touchscreen OS. The dopes in Redmond still think that "tablets" and "slates" are PC "form factors". And they obviously have convinced their hardware OEMS of the same thing.

      It's going to be fun to watch this thing go down in flames.
      RationalGuy
      • You're not seeing it for what it is...

        @RationalGuy

        A device that isn't under Apple's control. Which is a good thing!
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • I'm seeing it for exactly what it is.

        @Cylon Centurion 0005<br><br>It's a poorly-designed device that is built on 15-30 year-old assumptions about what computers are supposed to be.<br><br>It has a CTRL-ALT-DEL button! They have BUILT INTO HARDWARE, a keyboard combination from 1981 that they could have instead engineered out of the product altogether!
        RationalGuy
      • RationalGuy

        You do know that C-A-D, is used for more things other than to do what you are implying it does?

        Seeing how the Slate will marketed towards business users, C-A-D is used to securely log onto a domain. Having a button to quickly punch in the command is a great idea....
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Cylon Centurion 0005

        You do know that CTRL-ALT-DEL brings up the Windows login box because the OS was programmed by someone to respond to that key combination that way?

        You do know that a different mechanism could be programmed into Windows to allow a login box to appear?

        You do know that when you are innovating on an entire new kind of computing platform that you should throw away your old assumptions and design solutions that are tailored to the new platform?

        You do know that if Microsoft bothered to innovate at all in the touchscreen arena that they would have figured out an elegant solution regarding how to bring up a login box?

        You do know that the CTRL-ALT-DEL button simply demonstrates that Microsoft has actually made no attempt to innovate whatsoever, nor to rethink Windows specifically for the touchscreen environment at all?

        You do know that the iPad is already infiltrating the Enterprise like wild?

        You do know that this attempt, once again, to give people plain old Windows in the guise of new touch-driven platform, will fail utterly?
        RationalGuy
      • LOL LOL

        @Cylon Centurion 0005

        I still can't believe that a company like HP had the nerve to put a dedicated Ctrl-Alt-Del button on this device, and try to sell it as an iPad challenger. Are they serious! Since when did Ctrl-Alt-Del become a promoted feature that gets its own dedicated button? Even if the Slate is only for the enterprise now it's still not needed, as mentioned. It just goes to show the clunkiness that is Windows on such devices (which is essentially a notebook with chopped off keyboards). It really is a struggle.

        The iPad is being adopted in the enterprise now, and all without a dedicated ctrl+alt+del button lol.
        dave95.
      • Nothing ever said they were marketing it as a feature.

        But it makes a nice addition. Regardless, it is of my opinion that this is what a tablet should be. If you guys could see past the fact that it run Windows, you would see that is a nicely designed and eloquent device.

        How would you have reacted if this was the iPad? Imagine the same design running iOS. Or what if this device was running Android?
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Everything about this thing is abysmal.

        @Cylon Centurion 0005<br><br><i>How would you have reacted if this was the iPad? Imagine the same design running iOS. Or what if this device was running Android?</i><br><br>The rubber back is hideous. I looks like rubber a rubber egg crate. They put the USB port on the top, so that every cable you plug in can stick straight up in the air. That's super attractive. And what's the need for the "keyboard" button. Shouldn't every context where a keyboard is necessary automatically bring up the keyboard. I mean, that's how iOS and Android do it. But that would mean that Microsoft would have had to put time and thought and effort and creativity into building libraries specifically to handle the touchscreen platform.<br><br>But they didn't. Because they don't give a sh-t. And this thing will be a failure.
        RationalGuy
      • You do know that...

        @Cylon Centurion 0005

        You do know that it would be pretty stupid to have to create a new code base vector for Win7 just because some noob thinks CAD isn't appropriate for tablets for something as minor as a way of triggering the login panel or the "lock/switch/logoff/task mgr option panel" - a button that does that is an unobtrusive simple solution
        archangel9999
      • That's the laziest excuse I've ever heard ...

        @archangel9999

        What a bunch of nonsense you just wrote.

        Making a button to simulate pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL is like inventing a remote control for a television, but instead of up/down buttons changing the channels directly, they trigger a servomotor to physically turn a channel knob.
        RationalGuy
  • RE: Is this the HP Slate running Windows 7?

    We can only hope that it is the real thing. This slate looks sweet! What's wrong with a dedicated CTRL + ALT + DEL key? You must be one of those old schoolers who likes pressing the 3 buttons individually. The rest of us will take the easy route and press just the one button when the need arises.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Doesn't look to sweet to me

      @Loverock Davidson
      They will at least need to put a different skin on the browser. A desktop skin just doesn't cut it for full out touch.
      honeymonster
      • RE: Is this the HP Slate running Windows 7?

        @honeymonster - what about something as simple as hover.. where you move the cursor over something like the task bar in win7 or on web pages etc.. without clicking and things popup.. this is uses a lot in win7.. this makes no sense with touch.. it's simple.. you don't use an OS that has been perfected for years and years for keyboard and mouse input on a touch only device.. it's idiotic!.. iOS is out there, android 3.0 (wit tablet specific addtions) will be out, webOS is out there.. they all are from the ground up touch OS GUIs, and very battery friendly, efficient and small foot print and appropriate for tablets.. win7 running on atom is just dumb!
        doctorSpoc
      • RE: Is this the HP Slate running Windows 7?

        @honeymonster
        I'd agree with that, a skin would probably help.
        Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Is this the HP Slate running Windows 7?

      @Loverock Davidson A Ctrl+Alt+Delete key is necessary for logging into domains. It's a security measure.<br><br>Without this key, it would be impossible to connect to business networks.<br><br>It has nothing to do with the task manager, which is brought up by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
      (not Ctrl+Alt+Delete!)
      drphysx
      • RE: Is this the HP Slate running Windows 7?

        @drphysx
        I was thinking more along the lines of locking the tablet screen.
        Loverock Davidson
      • How about a button ...

        @Loverock Davidson

        ... that locks the screen, instead of one that emulates a key press combination from 1981.
        RationalGuy
      • RE: Is this the HP Slate running Windows 7?

        @RationalGuy

        You can think of that button as a multifunction but that can do quite a few things. One of them being to lock the screen, if it makes you feel better than just call it teh screen lock button. Perhaps programmers can also code for the button to make it multipurpose. I see a lot of potential in it.
        Loverock Davidson
      • Why would I call it the screen lock button?

        @Loverock Davidson<br><br>The button was designed to emulate pressing the Control, Alt and Delete buttons simultaneously, not to lock the screen.

        CTRL-ALT-DEL doesn't lock your screen. Windows-L does.<br><br>But even if CTRL-ALT-DEL did lock your screen, it wouldn't be a screen lock button. Because the way you would make a screen lock button would be to write software that responds to the button being pressed by locking the screen.<br><br>Instead, when this button is pressed, it passes a simulated CTRL-ALT-DEL key press combination, which if it would lock the screen (which it won't), would at best be a sh-tty hack.
        RationalGuy