Tablet PCs: Microsoft gives the official go-ahead today

Tablet PCs: Microsoft gives the official go-ahead today

Starting tonight there will be a new generation of mobile PCs. In New York today, Microsoft presented the first tablet PC to the public. Microsoft also supplies a special 'Tablet PC Edition' of its in-house Windows XP operating system.

The advantage of a tablet PC compared to a conventional notebook is its operation. The complete control of the PC is carried out via a pressure-sensitive display and a pen. It should be possible to enter text using the integrated handwriting recognition. Microsoft has not implemented a training session, as is common with many other handwriting recognition systems. The detection should work without any problems in the context of the special country version of the operating system.

As early as 2003, Microsoft wants 500,000 to 1 million tablet Sell ​​PCs to business customers around the world. Within the next 4 to 6 years one expects a complete replacement of today's usual notebooks.

The CPU manufacturer Transmeta hopes for a particularly big upswing, which with its energy-saving Crusoe processors, among other things, the tablet PCs Hewlett Packard.

In addition, companies such as Acer, Fujitsu-Siemens, Paceblade, Toshiba and ViewSonic have announced that they will soon be shipping tablet PCs. Initially there will be hybrid solutions that also have a keyboard, but the keyboard is only there to get used to. The devices can be used as normal tablet PCs by simply turning the screen over.

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