There will be tablets aplenty running the Windows 7 operating system by the time we are celebrating the end of this year and welcoming the next. And the mighty iPad will be reduced to just another gadget, a significant downgrade from the high flying status that it now enjoys. This is what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would like us to believe is in our near future. But right now the iPad has so much clout, and the Windows 7 OS is so far-fetched, that all these predictions by Ballmer seem quite improbable. Some even laughed at the tall claims of the Microsoft CEO.
However, here is some development that might prove a Windows 7 tablet might indeed be a reality while also being alluring enough to actually tempt customers. UI Centric, a third-party firm has created a UI which thay have named Macallan. UI Centric has stated the Macallan has been created specifically for tablets running Windows 7 and features a clean interface that is receptive to finger inputs while also being compliant with Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. An extremely endearing aspect of the Macallan UI is the way it allows users to actually ‘flip pages’ to return to the home screen. It also ensures multitasking abilities, like a quick peek at the underlying apps – like a calendar – will let users have easy access to other info before getting on with the task at hand. UI Centric is also promising camera support, which along with the simple UI approach will make the tablet truly impressive.
There is also another piece of good news: UI Centric has revealed a ‘major manufacturer’ is all set to begin shipping a device featuring the Macallan UI by the third quarter of this year.