HP to push Windows 7 with TouchScreen PCs

October 14, 2009, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is set to give Microsoft some added support to the software major’s Windows 7 with an update to its TouchScreen PCs.

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HP will be bringing in more such PCs through December as part of its fall PC refresh cycle, which it had kicked off in September. With touch technology gaining prominence in both home and business environments, HP is in fact chipping in six new TouchScreen computers.

Significant is the fact that the touch-enabled version of Rhapsody for HP’s TouchSmart PCs is capable of helping you search by writing, for instance, an artist’s name directly on the screen. In case you want to go to an artist’s page, all you need to do is write the name of an artist on the screen, and Rhapsody will take you there and play the artist’s songs for you.

The company is said to have made efforts to lower the cost of touch screen technology in its bid to incorporate more devices for a lesser price. HP has, in fact, lined up as many as six new TouchSmart PCs to be delivered on October 22. Prices are expected to start at $799. Incidentally, the release would be concurrent with Microsoft’s launch of Windows 7.

The touch-enabled version of the PCs come armed with a slew of consumer entertainment apps of the like of Hulu, Netflix, Pandora Internet Radio and the much talked about touch-enabled version of Rhapsody, the subscription-based service. Rhapsody works with Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch.

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