SYDNEY, Australia, Thursday, November 07, 2002
Business "corridor warriors", "road-warriors" and students alike are discovering natural computing for the first time, with the arrival in Australia today of the Tablet PC.
A sci-fi concept just five short years ago, the Tablet PC, launching globally today, allows users to throw away paper and pens. With Tablet PC you can write directly onto the screen using digital ink. You can take notes in meetings and classrooms, draw diagrams and pictures which can be saved and then shared via email with colleagues, teachers and class mates.
Tablet PC represents the end of a 30 year quest by Microsoft and its industry partners to make computing more natural for everyday users and allow them to revel in the take anywhere, do anything at anytime freedom that Tablet PC offers.
"Despite the plethora of technologies available to business people today, there is no doubting that the comfort factor of traditional pen and paper still holds sway in the majority of meetings we attend," said Microsoft Australia's Tablet PC Product Manager, Danny Beck.
"The launch of the Tablet PC marks an exciting new era of mobile computing that is limited only by the imagination of its users," Mr Beck said.
"The Tablet PC is a great example of how computers are adapting to how people really work, whether they're taking notes in a meeting, collaborating wirelessly with colleagues or reading on screen. We're just scratching the surface of what is possible."
It is not only business people who will benefit from the Tablet PC's flexibility.
According to Danny Beck, "The Tablet PC will be of huge benefit to the education sector for both teachers and students. In Australia, leading edge educational institutions such as Brisbane's John Paul College and Melbourne's Methodist Ladies College have been willing triallists of Tablet PC.
"Imagine the benefits, for example, of a teacher being able to draw a diagram to explain a math's problem, which can then be emailed to students and saved for future reference," Mr Beck said.
Tablet PCs are available in two primary designs - both designs injected with a serious 'cool factor' - which will appeal to all users: one features an attached keyboard and can be configured in the traditional laptop "clamshell" mode, and the other uses a variety of detachable keyboard designs in a so-called "slate" form factor. All Tablet PCs are designed to be a user's primary PC, recognising input from a keyboard, mouse or pen.
Tablet PCs combine the full power of the Windows® XP Professional Tablet PC Edition operating system with the capability to use a digital pen in addition to a keyboard or mouse. The result is a computer that can be used more often, and in more places, than traditional notebook PCs.
The Tablet PC will range in price from $AUD3,500 - $AUD5,500.
About the Tablet PC
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition enables next-generation personal computers to be optimised for mobility, convenience, reduced weight and comfort. The Tablet PC operating system enables Windows-based applications to take advantage of various input modes, including keyboard, mouse, pen and voice. With software developed and optimised by Microsoft for the new platform, the Tablet PC can function as a sheet of paper. Handwriting is captured as rich digital ink for immediate or later manipulation, including reformatting and editing. The link between the pen input process and a wide range of Windows-based applications will give users new ways in which to collaborate, communicate and bring their PCs to bear on new tasks. Its high-resolution display makes Tablet PC ideal for immersive reading and rich multimedia applications.
The Tablet PC's full Windows XP capability will enable it to be a user's primary computer. Utilising a high-performance x86-compatible chip architecture, the Tablet PC takes advantage of key technology improvements in high-resolution, low-power LCDs; efficient batteries; wireless connectivity; and data storage to deliver a rich set of functionality that adds the dimension of pen-based input.
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