Contents tagged with Tablet PC

  • Slates are 'Job 1 urgency around here,' Ballmer says

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 30 2010, 10:56 AM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is no slouch -- he knows Apple iPads are exceptionally popular and that the tablet PC has arrived. Sure, iPads have been available since April, but some Windows 7 slates will be coming out soon.

    "They'll be shipping as soon as they're ready," Ballmer said today at Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting in Redmond. "This is Job 1 around here. Nobody is sleeping at the switch."

    Ballmer thinks Microsoft is in a good position for the emerging tablet market. Windows 7, which has built-in touch-screen support, can be installed on numerous form factors -- slates, hybrids, ultralights ...

    People will want options. And right now, as far as tablets, Apple's just got the iPad.

    "They've sold certainly more than I'd like them to sell," Ballmer admitted.

    So when Windows 7 slates start coming out -- in about month, Ballmer hopes -- there should be many options. And Microsoft thinks that's a good position to be in.

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  • Microsoft Courier existence confirmed on the company's JobsBlog?

    Posted by MBrant on March 24 2010, 4:11 AM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    Engadget is reporting Microsoft has confirmed Courier on it's JobsBlog:

    Well this is something. According to Peter Kafka at All Things D, as well as a few tipsters, Microsoft has all but confirmed the existence (and likely actual launch) of the Courier tablet. In a post on the site by Thomas Kohnstamm (or The JobsBloggers, hard to say) touting Microsoft innovation, this passage was originally posted:

    Do you already know everything about Project Natal and the Cloud? Is Blaise Aguera y Arcas' jaw-dropping TED talk on augmented-reality Bing Maps and Photosynth last month's news? Then check out some of the online chatter surrounding new releases of Window Phone 7 series handsets, Internet Explorer 9 and the upcoming Courier digital journal."
  • Courier: First Details of Microsoft's Secret Tablet

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 23 2009, 8:03 PM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    Courier is a real device, and we've heard that it's in the "late prototype" stage of development. It's not a tablet, it's a booklet. The dual 7-inch (or so) screens are multitouch, and designed for writing, flicking and drawing with a stylus, in addition to fingers. They're connected by a hinge that holds a single iPhone-esque home button. Statuses, like wireless signal and battery life, are displayed along the rim of one of the screens. On the back cover is a camera, and it might charge through an inductive pad, like the Palm Touchstone charging dock for Pre.

    Until recently, it was a skunkworks project deep inside Microsoft, only known to the few engineers and executives working on it—Microsoft's brightest, like Entertainment & Devices tech chief and user-experience wizard J. Allard, who's spearheading the project. Currently, Courier appears to be at a stage where Microsoft is developing the user experience and showing design concepts to outside agencies.

    Microsoft has a history of collaborating with other firms, especially in the E&D division: Zune and Xbox have both gone through similar design processes. (And plans for the Microsoft Store leaked through a third-party agency were confirmed as genuine prototype layouts and concepts.) This video is branded Pioneer Studios, a Microsoft division within E&D that specializes in this kind of work, working with another agency that's a long-time Microsoft collaborator on confidential projects.

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  • Refrigerator offers door-mounted tablet PC

    Posted by bink on January 22 2008, 1:07 AM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    Data Evolution will use Windows CE to build a tablet PC designed for refrigerator door mounting. The "Clio Vu" PC will work with Whirlpool's already-shipping GD5VVAXT refrigerator, which boasts a door-mounted "centralpark" port suitable for DVD players, photo-frames, satellite radios, and other devices, according to Whirlpool.

    Previous Internet-enabled refrigerators have received a frosty reception from consumers, who apparently believe that add-on electronics will be broken or obsolete long before the appliance comes to the end of its life. Whirlpool's response is the "centralpark" interface, a powered accessory port located on the top edge of the GD5VVAXT's freezer compartment door. This allows devices to be attached to the refrigerator, yet remains hidden when not in use, according to the company.

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  • Windows Vista Secrets for Tablet PC

    Posted by bink on November 28 2006, 3:42 PM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    TabletPC Blog: Tim Sneath has been posting a wonderful series of "Windows Vista Secrets".  (The ability to start Quick Launch items with the [Win+<n>] keys has changed my life -- thanks Tim!)

    I have my own set of tips for Windows Vista -- some secret, some not -- that apply mainly to laptop and Tablet PCs, so I thought I'd share.

    #1: Windows Mobility Center

    Windows Mobility Center is a great one-stop portal for managing a LOT of settings on your laptop or tablet -- power scheme, audio volume, screen brightness, projection, rotation, as well as one-click access to myriad other Control Panel applets for stylus input and handwriting recognition.

    It's definitely not meant to be a "secret", but for some reason we really did bury it in the Start / Programs / Accessories menu...  Place a shortcut to MblCtr.exe on your Quick Launch bar, or pin it to your Start Menu, for easier access.

    Update: Reader benwatt reminds me that [Win+X] will launch the Mobility Center -- for laptops and Tablet PCs with keyboards!

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  • Tiny Tablet

    Posted by bink on August 8 2006, 2:48 PM. Posted in Tablet PC.

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  • Virginian University Announces Alliance With Fujitsu and Microsoft

    Posted by bink on July 2 2006, 1:49 AM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    Virginia Tech's College of Engineering has announced an industry alliance with Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation and Microsoft Corp. to support its new Tablet PC computing initiative for incoming freshmen.

    The alliance between Fujitsu, Microsoft, and Virginia Tech will offer engineering students high levels of hardware and software purchasing power and support, and will also provide students, faculty, and staff with training and assistance throughout the development and implementation of new models of teaching and learning.

    The Fujitsu LifeBook(r) T4000 Series convertible Tablet PC combines the convenience and familiarity of a notebook with the powerful and versatile functionality of a slate Tablet PC. In conventional notebook mode, the Tablet PC offers a keyboard for typing. By rotating and folding the screen it transforms into a tablet configuration. Using a stylus, students can make handwritten notes and drawings in a manner comparable to the way in which pen and paper are used. The LifeBook T4000 Series convertible Tablet PC offers a bright 12.1" display with greater than 160 deg. viewing angles. It is the only convertible Tablet PC on the market with a built-in modular bay that supports an optical drive or second battery for those extra long school days.

    "We selected the Fujitsu LifeBook T4000 Series convertible Tablet PC based on its reliability and flexibility, as well as the company's ability to support learning experiences in or outside of the classroom," said Glenda Scales, associate dean for computing and distance learning, College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. "In our deliberations, we also balanced price, weight, service, screen size and years of corporate experience with Tablet PCs. While several vendors met our minimum computer requirements and were strong in a particular area, by selecting Fujitsu hardware we were able to meet the majority of our educational requirements for a Tablet PC."

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  • Microsoft Tablet PC Partners Having Increasing Impact on Patient Care, Efficiency for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations

    Posted by spy on February 15 2006, 1:53 PM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    SAN DIEGO — Feb. 14, 2006 — The steadily growing number of Tablet PC solutions created by Microsoft partners and powered by Microsoft ® technologies is having a positive impact on patient lives, medical worker efficiency and the balance sheets of healthcare organizations, Microsoft Corp. today announced during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2006 Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

    Since the launch of Microsoft’s mobile software for Tablet PCs in 2004, the number of Microsoft partners creating mobile computing solutions for the healthcare industry — including industry partners such as Eclipsys Corp., Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp., Motion Computing Inc., Toshiba Corp. and many others — has rapidly grown to more than 60, extending Microsoft’s vision of a more connected and empowered healthcare ecosystem. Relying on the strengths and scalability of Microsoft Windows ® XP Tablet PC Edition, SQL Server™, .NET Web Services, Office XP Professional and other Microsoft technologies, these businesses have implemented Tablet PC and mobile solutions on a consistent platform across a broad cross-section of healthcare organizations, including thousands of hospitals, clinics, home health groups, visiting nurse services and others.

    “With millions of healthcare workers needing mobile devices and more intuitive and powerful software for clinical practice, we’re excited by the positive impact and extensive reach our partners have achieved by leveraging Microsoft technologies to not only generate efficiencies and cost savings in healthcare but, most importantly, improve patient care,” said Bill Crounse, M.D., healthcare industry director at Microsoft.

    “Flexible data input options, mobility and real-time access to information are just a few of the factors driving adoption of Tablet PCs in healthcare, because they allow clinicians to easily use point-of-care technologies within their desired practice patterns versus having to change their practice to fit within technology constraints,” said Joel French, vice president of healthcare and life sciences at Microsoft partner Motion Computing. “Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition combined with Motion’s family of award-winning slate Tablet PCs have together enabled tens of thousands of nurses, physicians and other clinicians to streamline clinical workflows, eliminate or reduce information latency, and improve patient care experiences.”

    “Fujitsu has embraced Tablet PC on more form factors than any other manufacturer because we see the value it adds to the healthcare industry,” said Paul Moore, director of mobile product marketing at Fujitsu. “From touch screens to active digitizers, the diverse product line from Fujitsu delivers on the vision of Tablet PC. Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition provides a stable and reliable environment for deploying products, which is significantly contributing to its growing popularity in healthcare.”

    Hospitals and healthcare organizations using Tablet PC solutions offer concrete proof of the primary benefits of greater efficiency, better patient care, and lower costs produced through mobile integration, collaboration and information-sharing in the clinical setting.

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  • Microsoft Education Pack for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

    Posted by bink on July 25 2005, 1:44 PM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    If you are a student with a Tablet PC, the Education Pack is a must. Download the Education Pack and get five free programs to help you excel at school and have some fun while you're at it. If you're an educator with a Tablet PC, you'll want to download the Education Pack too.Equation WriterNow it’s easy to add mathematical expressions to your papers. Handwrite a math equation, and then convert it into a neatly typewritten image to paste into a report or a presentation.GoBinder Lite by Agilix Labs, Inc.Keep track of your schedule with this planner. Use your tablet pen to jot down quick reminders about class schedules, project deadlines, and extracurricular activities.Hexic Deluxe for Tablet PCThis full-featured puzzle game from MSN Games has a new spin for Tablet PCs. Now you can rotate pieces easily with your tablet pen.Ink Flash CardsCreate flash cards to help you learn facts or study for an exam. Handwrite a question on the front of a card and put an answer on the back. Draw, insert graphics, and add text too. After you build a set, you can review the cards to test your knowledge and flag which ones you need to review again.Send to Microsoft Office OneNote 2003Keep all of your class notes and research in one place. Send web pages, pictures, and other files to OneNote, and annotate or highlight them with your tablet pen. Use the OneNote stationery created for college students, and read helpful tips for using OneNote at school.Download At Source
  • KB895953 - Memory Leak in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition version 4

    Posted by bink on July 6 2005, 4:03 PM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    Updated again. A memory leak in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 causes a gradual decrease in available system memory. This loss in available memory causes degradation in system performance. When this behavior occurs, the user must restart the computer. This problem is caused by a memory leak in the tcserver.exe service.Download At Source
  • Microsoft's Gates: I still believe in Tablet PC

    Posted by bink on June 28 2005, 1:18 AM. Posted in Tablet PC.

    After failing to break into the mainstream of computing, the Tablet PC might have been written-off by many, but it still has at least one strong supporter. Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., said Monday he still believes in the form-factor and repeated a prediction that, with better hardware and software, it could still dominate over traditional laptop PCs. Gates showed prototype Tablet PCs at the Comdex show in Las Vegas in 2001 -- a year ahead of their 2002 launch -- and at the show said in a company news release, "It's a PC that is virtually without limits and within five years I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America."

    It's now a little over three and a half years into the time period he set and to-date Tablet PC has managed to do only marginally better than the now defunct trade show. A handful of vendors market Tablet PCs, but specialist markets like health care account for a large percentage of sales. Other users and those in business have yet to take to the form-factor in a big way.

    Approximately 640,000 Tablet PCs were shipped in 2004 and this year shipments are expected to hit 1.2 million units, which corresponds to about 2 percent of the global portable PC market, according to a February report from IDC. "IDC continues to believe that tablet PC technology will become an integral part of future portable PC designs, but adoption of the technology will be slower than originally anticipated," the report said.

    "We need to keep investing, both in the hardware and software side, before it moves into the mainstream," said Gates at a Tokyo news conference on Monday. "It's not yet in the mainstream. I totally believe in the tablet."

    Gates praised Toshiba, with which the news conference was held. The two companies said they were broadening their relationship to include work on interactive video disc technology and future computing platforms based on the upcoming Windows Longhorn release, including Tablet PC.

    "I think we see very good gains in the sale of tablet, particularly in the health-care area and the insurance area. What we need to do is get the form factor to the point where every student and every business person who goes to lots of meetings feels like the need that extra capability," Gates said.

    "There will be a substantial improvement in the tablet software as part of the Longhorn release and that's just one of many areas we are working on with Toshiba and so I will again, without an exact date, predict that most portable machines will be tablets in the future and I would hope that over the next 3 to 5 years the software and hardware refinements will make that a reality."

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