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Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: Keith Regan 2002-11-07 12:42:35
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After several years and hundreds of millions of dollars spent on development, Microsoft has launched its Windows XP Tablet PC platform at a New York event, alongside several hardware makers whose Tablet PCs hit the market at the same time. The software giant claims the devices will help revolutionize computing by allowing users to enter and manipulate data with a pen-like stylus. But Microsoft must overcome consumer and enterprise reluctance to spend amid an economic slowdown.


Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: digitalrainbo 2002-11-10 11:28:19 In reply to: Keith Regan
Microsoft are predominantly leading the way in this Drive to dominate the Living room, in the battle for how digital television can deliver interactive web content. Currently TV has many technical differences that make viewing web content difficult. This is forcing a war between emerging technologies and the evolving platforms. The one who can push their way forward will literally own the web. This tablet called Mira is to act as bridge between Hewlett Packard's Media Centre supporting Microsoft XP media (also recently released). The Media centre is equipped with all you could need at least 2 GHZ Pentium 4, 512 ram 100 Gig hard drive 64 mb G4 Graphics, 5 usb and 2 firewire ports DVD R-RW including a DVR recorder that does not prohibit copyright protection laws. (pretty impressive)! The tablet will double as a games player in conjunction with Xbox, and deliver Web content.
Microsoft has just this week signed a deal with BT to develop more high speed Internet. And is now awaiting to capture the hand held mobile market. Take Mr gates very serious. Test for you all… Try to create a web site for interactive digital TV coz the viewing audience is 98% in comparison to the current web of 40% and you will see why TV has to go ……and welcome truly the new technology with arms open wide. xxxx

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: huot425 2002-11-08 15:58:13 In reply to: Keith Regan
ok, so here's my 2 cents. if you all want to see real text recognition then check out apple's new OSX. with the inclusion of ink, you can write virtually anywhere. that is true text recognition. what i am confused about, is why bill feels this is the time to release a tablet pc. in the economic downturn, and amid a consumer base that craves the faster processors and the largest hard disks, why would Microsoft release something that doesn't even have an internal DVD writer?

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: ANTMAX 2002-11-08 18:31:54 In reply to: huot425
I think the only people that crave more speed are mac users, PCs have had enough power for some time now, if you play games you may want the latest audio or video hardware, but you can play them all on a 2-year-old system anyway.
I have had no problem with the latest games on my 1.2 ghz athlon system, even though it's a bit of a dinosaur by today's standards. even plays doom 3 surprisingly well.

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: callowla 2002-11-10 13:40:36 In reply to: ANTMAX
I have a feeling the tablets will be lackluster for another year, buyers will be early adopters only who want to show off more than actually use the platform. For most work, keyboard entry will always be faster (as long as you know how to type:). Hand writing recognition is great for very small amounts of text, signatures or grocery lists. Not for real work. The main use for tablets is vertical markets, using the pen as a replacement for the mouse when wandering a warehouse floor or out on a sales call.
I use a 1.6 GHz P4 at work. I spend a lot of time every day waiting for the screen to redraw. XP Pro, a web browser, visual source safe, visual studio open all the time, an occasional text editor open and sometimes a real audio stream. My dual 867 Mac shows equivalent speed to the 1.6 P4 in non Altivec optimized programs. I don't think either platform has speed needs in the processor for most users. The problem is in slow disk access (and on XP the graphics engine for 2D is behind OS X, graphics seem to take a back seat to all other processing, watch the window slowly redraw...)

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: joe-boo 2002-11-08 23:39:14 In reply to: ANTMAX
<< I think the only people that crave more speed are mac users, PCs have had enough power for some time now, if you play games you may want the latest audio or video hardware, but you can play them all on a 2-year-old system anyway. >>
Huh? If according to test reports, a 800Mhz Mac is as fast as my 1.2 Athlon, then I don't see how Mac users could be the only people craving speed if they have dual 1.25's which should be at least as fast as 1.8 Athlons if the 50% rule holds true.
<< I have had no problem with the latest games on my 1.2 ghz athlon system, even though it's a bit of a dinosaur by today's standards. even plays doom 3 surprisingly well. >>
Other than the fact that there are less games available for mac users, if 1.2 is good for you, what makes you think 800 (using the 50% rule again) isn't good for them?
When the time is right, I'm dumping the PC for something a bit more dependable and as I see it, it doesn't come out of Redmond. While I could care less whether a person uses a PC or Mac, I'm going to switch. Redmond has dug into my pockets way too much these past couple of years and I've seen little return on my investment. Is it better with a Mac? I can't say. Yet I figure it's worth a look. It can't be any worse.

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: joe-boo 2002-11-08 22:01:57 In reply to: ANTMAX
"The company claims Tablet PCs will help revolutionize computing by allowing users to enter and manipulate data with a pen-like stylus."
So sorry! Bill's Tablet PC offers nothing a Wacom tablet plugged into my computer doesn't already offer. As for games... I don't use non-productivity software, so that's a non-issue. Even if I did play games, I certainly wouldn't spend that kind of money.
So what's left? Nothing. It would seem the revolutionary ideas and products coming out of Redmond these days offer little to no value. What a waste!

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: huot425 2002-11-08 19:15:25 In reply to: ANTMAX
actually, i'm very happy with my dual 1GHz mac, antmax. and i don't think the tablet will be marketed as a true 'gaming' device. heck, laptops aren't ever marketed as a 'gaming' device. if you want to play games you'll get a desktop, not a tablet. but my point was handwriting recognition is just better on a mac, even without a supported tablet. it had nothing to do with games.

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: vortexlift 2002-11-07 23:52:16 In reply to: Keith Regan
Revolutionize?! Tablet "PCs" have been around a long time. As in around decade. Haven't Microsoft ever heard of Go Corp? And didn't MS say that the last time they tried to push a Handwriting Recognition enabled version of Windows back quite a few years ago? Same old Microsoft. Touting rehashed "new" products purporting to once again "revolutionize" the computing world through their selective version of history. This "new, new" tablet PC thing is just Windows XP with Handwriting recognition grafted on. No new metaphor for electronic documents as we know it. No object based way of manipulating data and program files. Both of which debuted in tablet PC software a decade ago. So sad.

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: purvisa 2002-11-07 23:15:14 In reply to: Keith Regan
I think Gates is correct in one respect: some form of non-keyboard device (I'm sure he will call it a tablet PC no matter who comes up with other names) will become the most popular form of computing over time. I do not think, however, that these overpriced six-pounders will be the things to do it. Yeah, I know, things will get smaller.
What Gates has to recognize is that as data is passed in more generic forms such as XML, Windows will become less and less relevant. Smaller, more mobile companies will have opportunities to horn in on the OS market.
I have no doubt that Microsoft will try to keep control of the market via any means it can think of to slip through the cracks--and there are many cracks--in the new settlement in order to maintain its hegemony.

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: joe-boo 2002-11-07 18:03:36 In reply to: Keith Regan
What a waste of money!

Re: Microsoft Launches Tablet PC; Will Consumers Shrug?
Posted by: ANTMAX 2002-11-07 20:00:30 In reply to: joe-boo
would make the perfect digital sketchbook running painter 7, I'm certainly interested.
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