Windows 7 is probably the most usable Windows based touchscreen environment, but that’s not saying much when you compare it to the easy to use interface of the iPad and Android devices. This shortcoming is one that Mirabyte is trying to fix with FrontFace, a user interface for Windows 7 that is optimized for touch.
Sascha Pallenperg from NetbookNews had a chance to take an early look at the FrontFace user interface on the ASUS Eee PC T101MT and found a promising start to providing users a usable touch interface for interacting with Windows 7. The software shown in the demo below is an early build and doesn’t have finished support for apps but it is off to a good start.
The biggest focus of a user interface like FrontFace may be tablet users but with more notebooks like the Acer Aspire 5745PG Touch coming to market the need for a better way to use Windows 7 with touch will continue to grow.
We have the Acer Aspire 5745PG Touch in for review right now can definitely say that the special touch interface it ships with is much easier to use, especially the touch optimized browser, than the default Windows 7 installation. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to check out how well a touchscreen enabled notebook benefits from FrontFace before we have to send our review unit back.