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  • UPMC 2.0 (Origami)

    Posted by bink on January 9 2008, 9:22 PM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    What have we been doing since we released Origami Experience™ Pack 1.0 this time last year? Well, Origami™ Experience 2.0!

    Origami Experience 2.0 is been shown at CES this week and is being made available to UMPC manufacturers for testing and pre-installation this month. In this release we have included four applications, all optimized for the UMPC. We go into more detail on the contents of the release in future posts but, for now, here is a quick peek.

    The release has four applications.

    <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O /><O:P> </O:P>Origami™ Central

    Origami Central is an update to the original Origami Experience application in the 1.0 release. As well as the familiar media features, we have created a fully-optimized browsing experience for UMPCs and an RSS reader. We have also extended the media features to include feeds that can provide information on new movies, audio books, or any media content that can be published using RSS.

    As you can see I'm not that happy with fixed width, so I just force this pics [;)]

    Origami™ Now

    Origami Now provides one-touch access to the information that’s important to you, email, calendar, RSS feeds, weather, to-do lists… . All organized into one context-sensitive screen that can change the information displayed according to the time, your current location, and freshness of content.

    <O:P></O:P> Origami™ Picture Password

    This is a real breakthrough for using mobile touch PCs. Origami Picture Password allows you to login by tapping on a sequence of points on a picture; this not only makes it easier to login on a UMPC but also personalizes the login experience. You can choose your own picture and select points that mean something to you. It’s fun and secure.


    Touch Settings

    This is the familiar Touch Settings application from the Origami Experience Pack 1.0 release

  • The Origami Experience: Windows Vista and the Ultra-Mobile PC

    Posted by bink on November 6 2007, 6:18 AM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    Almost two years ago, Microsoft launched a bizarre viral marketing campaign for something called Origami, which was later revealed to be part of the Ultra-Mobile PC, or UMPC, initiative. UMPCs are basically touch screen-capable ultra-small form factor mobile computers, sort of sub-sub-notebooks that eschew traditional keyboards and pointing devices in favor of a smaller, highly-portable form factor. If you've ever seen the original OQO device, which was sort of a proto-UMPC, you get the idea: It's larger than a PDA but smaller than the smallest slate Tablet PC.

    The first generation of UMPC devices ran Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and was criticized for being somewhat pointless, a solution to a problem no one had. Part of the problem, of course, was finding the right fit with users: Microsoft had this notion about a portable computing experience that would utilize a 7-inch screen and weigh less than 3 pounds, but it wasn't clear what the audience was. So with the first generation UMPC, the company targeted consumer enthusiasts--thus the viral marketing campaign--but that proved to be a mistake. The devices sold poorly when they hit the market in early 2006.

    The UMPC form factor, not surprisingly, has been at the center of some heated debates. Because it is too large to place in a typical pocket, but too small to contain a useable keyboard (at least by traditional mobile PC standards), the UMPC occupies an interesting but perhaps unnecessary segment of the market. I suspect that Palm faced a similar decision when it opted to cancel its Folio project this year: It's unclear that customers are really looking for a device that's larger than a cell phone but smaller than a sub-notebook.

    What Microsoft was doing with the UMPC at a software level, however, was interesting. The company had created a touch-enabled software front-end to XP called the Origami Experience and had configured XP to be optimized for both the capabilities and limitations of the devices at the time. This provided customers with the familiar Windows user experience but also some unique capabilities that were specific to the UMPC platform. Think of it this way: Microsoft was pushing an ultra-mobile touch user interface years before Apple entered the market with the iPhone.

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  • Microsoft Reader Optimized for Origami

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 12 2007, 11:38 AM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    Microsoft Reader has been enhanced to take advantage of the unique capabilities of UMPC devices. With the Microsoft Reader Optimized for Origami™ you get:
    • Innovative content support: Enjoy thousands of Owner Exclusive eBooks on any Microsoft Reader 2.0 or higher enabled device.
    • New touch screen navigation experience: Page turning and larger advanced navigation controls right at your fingertips!
    • Updated Audible support: Listen to your favorite audio books using Microsoft Reader technology
    • Great on-screen readability: ClearType® display technology that makes text on screen crisper and easier to read than ever before. The rotate and resize features enable you to take full advantage of your Origami device in landscape and portrait modes.
    • Dynamic reading features: Enhance your texts with highlighting, bookmarks, notes, and drawings. Plus, you can view your annotations and rename or erase any of them at any time. The inking features make it easy to add rich handwritten notes and sketches to your books.
    • Great support for embedded graphics: Use the new pan and zoom feature to get a close-up view of graphics and pictures. Keep your zoomed view open on your desktop even as you page ahead in your book.

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  • Microsoft Origami Experience Pack

    Posted by spy on January 31 2007, 4:36 PM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

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    Origami Experience Pack contains these three programs for an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) running Windows Vista:Origami ExperienceAccess your music, videos, pictures, and favorite programs.SudokuPlay this popular game using a touch screen.Touch SettingsEasily view and interact with the touch screen on a UMPC.And, don’t forget to download Microsoft Reader, so you can read e-books on your UMPC. It’s available separately for download.
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  • How Microsoft Botched Marketing The Ultra-Mobile PC -- And Why You Might Want To Buy One Anyway

    Posted by bink on December 22 2006, 6:14 PM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    Microsoft also needs to reassure buyers that it will make a second-generation UMPC that runs Vista, the next version of Windows. With Vista on the verge of shipping, customers are wary of buying a new product that runs  Windows XP. That's not hard to figure out.

    Hardware vendors can help insure the success of the UMPC by running TV ads, and lots of them. Make sure the devices are shown doing the everyday things that people do. Don't assume that customers will figure it out for themselves. Make the UMPC (or better yet, Origami) a household name. Get the UMPC into retail stores in the United States, like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target. These are the kind of electronic devices that must be seen and held to be appreciated.

    What UMPC Is Right for You?

    The rollout of UMPCs started out slowly but is beginning to pick up steam. There are a number of models available for purchase now from companies like TabletKiosk and Samsung. TabletKiosk has three models available at prices from $900 to $1400. The more you pay, the more punch you get in a small form.

    Samsung has jumped into the UMPC fray with both feet and is now selling the Q1 device in retail outlets like Best Buy and Fry's. Samsung has put a multimedia emphasis into the $1,099 Q1 with outstanding audio and video features that make this device unique. Other OEMs are getting ready to release their first UMPC devices, and we should see this space heating up as the year unfolds. ASUS has recently released the R2H with integrated GPS and a camera, which makes this UMPC a perfect mobile video conference device. I like the TabletKiosk eo i7210 with the Pentium M and 1 Gbyte of memory, but the Samsung Q1 and ASUS R2h look really nice, too.

    Where Is The UMPC Headed?

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  • Microsoft Not Giving Up On UMPCs

    Posted by bink on June 20 2006, 12:45 PM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    Microsoft isn't backing down from its UMPC efforts despite a disappointing reception from many within the tech industry. UMPC devices have gotten off to a rather slow start with only Samsung's Q1 seeing any widespread availability in the US market thanks to Best Buy. Even though US consumers can easily snap up a Q1 if they wish, the $1,100 price tag is pushing away many potential buyers.

    That high price of entry has been the #1 complaint from many reviewers and analysts in the industry and is a far cry from the original $600 base target that Microsoft boasted during the platform's launch. Even Asustek's recently announced R2 just barely comes under the $1,000 mark in base form.

    Microsoft is hoping that it will be able to work with UMPC manufacturers to introduce a new wave of devices that come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and most importantly -- lower price points. "You'll see an additional wave of UMPCs available in the holiday timeframe. We are seeing a lot more Tier 1 players get a lot more interested in releasing the UMPC," remarked Mika Kramer, head of the Windows Client Mobility Marketing Team. Continue At Source

  • Microsoft working on tiny Haiku PC

    Posted by spy on June 7 2006, 6:13 PM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    The launch of the ultra-mobile PC hasn't quenched Microsoft's thirst to find a blockbuster product in the portable PC space. In fact, the company has continued to work on another mini-Tablet PC concept, the Haiku, and expects it on the market within the next few years. "We'd like to see them out in the $500 to $700 range. The closer to $500 the better," said Otto Berkes, general manager of Microsoft's Ultra Mobile PC operations, on the sidelines of a conference in Taipei on Wednesday. The Haiku device he showed off at the Via Technology Forum was basically a display screen about the size of a paperback book. The idea is to use screen input methods to work the device, which would include a version of Microsoft's OS for Tablet PCs. The original Haiku device was shown off by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates during WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) last year. At the time, the company projected it might ship in 2007. But this year's launch of the ultra-mobile PC, code-named Origami, prompted speculation that Origami was the portable PC of choice for Microsoft, and it might drop other such projects. That's not the case, according to Berkes. "We don't think [the Haiku] is feasible today, but we're very excited about the roadmap [Via Technologies] shared that will make this possible in a few years," he said. Via competes with Intel and Advanced Micro Devices in the microprocessor business, and in recent years has focused more on chips for portable devices. With these companies developing ever-smaller chips that run cooler, use less power and require less space inside gadgets, developing portable devices such as the Haiku becomes more feasible, Berkes said. Continue at source
  • Microsoft unveils Ultra Mobile PC concept designs

    Posted by spy on May 27 2006, 12:41 PM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    Microsoft is pushing for Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) devices to be used for niche applications ranging from media players to GPS navigation systems and health monitors.In a session at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Seattle, the company showed off concept designs for a series of devices performing such niche applications."The UMPC is a platform that enables us to reach people and markets that we could never dream of with desktop or mobile PCs," said Seiya Ohta, a Microsoft hardware experience architect working on UMPC.UMPC devices are facing a tougher challenge than laptop computers or Windows Mobile devices because they are primarily targeting consumers whose budgets are obviously smaller that those of enterprises investing in mobile computers.Microsoft's concept designs are primarily intended as suggestions for device makers, although some are being pursued by unnamed manufacturers, Ohta told The UMPC standard was jointly developed by Microsoft and Intel and officially released in March. Samsung's Q1 Ultra-Mobile PC is one of the first devices on the market, but early reviews were critical of its limited screen size and battery life.Future versions should improve on these features, according to Otto Berkes, Microsoft's UMPC general manager."We will be using Moore's Law to drive down power consumption and the size of the silicon in order to create longer battery life and thinner and lighter products," he said.Future models will also offer improved screen resolutions, up from the current 800 x 480 pixels to 1,024 x 600.Berkes also predicted that it would become cost effective to create devices that rely solely on Flash memory rather than hard drives as their primary storage. He did not offer any predictions on when this would become an option.
  • Microsoft UMPC Touch Pack Tutorial

    Posted by bink on May 19 2006, 2:12 AM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    Audio/video interactive player to play back tutorial information.
    Three Point Technology Simulation Player v. audio/video interactive player to play back tutorial information on the UMPC Touch Pack.Download At Source
  • UMPC Touch Pack Tutorial

    Posted by bink on May 12 2006, 1:51 AM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    Three Point Technology Simulation Player v. audio/video interactive player to play back tutorial information on the UMPC Touch Pack. Download at source
  • Millions of Microsoft-based Windows ultra mobile PCs to be sold

    Posted by bink on April 29 2006, 1:17 AM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    Despite the general shrugging of shoulders that greeted the launch of the first Microsoft-based ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs), the lilliputian computers are still set to find a market, analysts believe. According to research from In-Stat, the number of devices shipped could rise to 7.8 million by 2011, driven by users keen for a data-centric device beyond their mobile.The slow advance of the UMPC will be hampered by the lack of appropriate processors, In-Stat said, with battery life failing to match the functionality demands of the devices themselves. However, both Intel and Microsoft have said they are working on extending the devices' average battery life for future generations of UMPCs.Continue at source
  • Microsoft taps Transmeta for secretive project

    Posted by bink on March 20 2006, 9:16 PM. Posted in UMPC (Origami).

    Transmeta's work with Microsoft involves a variation of its low-power Efficeon chip

    Just weeks after Microsoft pulled back the curtains on its Origami project, chip design company Transmeta has slipped out a few more details about another of the software giant's secretive development projects.

    Transmeta signed a series of agreements with Microsoft last May under which about 30 Transmeta engineers would provide development services to help with "a proprietary Microsoft project," Transmeta said in its annual report filed with U.S. regulators last week.

    The work from those agreements has been "substantially completed" and Transmeta was, at the time of its filing, in the process of negotiating additional services for 2006, although probably not on the same scale as the previous work, it said.

    The work is not related to ultramobile PCs, the portable wireless computers unveiled earlier this month as part of  Microsoft's Origami project, according to a report in Monday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper.

    Transmeta first disclosed the work with Microsoft last year. The initial reports about Origami led to speculation that Transmeta could be involved in that project, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

    One of the devices, from Samsung Electronics, uses a 900MHz Intel Celeron M processor. Another, from PaceBlade Japan (PBJ), uses Via Technologies' C7-M ULV processor.

    Transmeta's work with Microsoft involves a variation of its low-power Efficeon microprocessor, Transmeta Chief Executive Officer Arthur Swift told analysts last month, according to the Post-Intelligencer report.