BargainTabletPC News – Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Microsoft kicks off 80-college tour to demo mobile products
Showcasing some of its newest mobile devices from Tablet PCs to Smartphones, Microsoft started an eight-week Student Mobility Tour at the Friend Center Saturday.
Tara Hadley, Microsoft’s education productivity advisor, discussed the latest accessories that will enable students to access the information they need from any location and at any time.
“We [Microsoft] want to get students informed about mobility devices since they always need to connect, communicate and collaborate, on or off campus,” Hadley said.
Princeton was Microsoft’s first stop for a tour that will include almost 80 schools over the spring and fall, including Bentley College, Dartmouth College and Columbia University in the coming weeks.
“We pick large universities where advanced technology is embraced and harnessed,” Hadley said.
“The Tablet PC is the latest Notebook PC in processing power, speed and memory,” Hadley said.
Through the latest technology, a user can input handwritten text and save it digitally or convert it to typed text. The Tablet PC also features voice recognition and wireless Internet capability.
“A stylus pen is used as the computer’s mouse and one can write, draw, doodle and erase with it,” she said.
Hadley presented a video of a “classroom of the future,” in which students took notes on their Tablet PCs. They also interacted with the teaching assistant and professor via an instant messaging program during a lecture.
Students could send questions directly to the teaching assistant, who would then inform the professor.
Impressed by the Tablet PC’s various capabilities, Jessica Chong ’07 said, “Although the graphics for games on a Tablet seem inferior to a desktop computer’s, I wish I had a Tablet PC.”…
Microsoft OneNote Service Pack 1 Preview Released For Beta Testing
Microsoft Tuesday put into beta testing a significant update of its OneNote digital note-taking application that offers new video and Pocket PC support, better integration with Office 2003, realtime collaboration features and APIs to allow extensibility by ISVs and solution providers.
The preview of OneNote Service Pack 1 (SP1) was made available and the final version of the service pack will ship by the end of the summer, shortly after Office 2003 SP1, said Bobby Moore, product manager at Microsoft Office OneNote. He said Office 2003 SP1 is scheduled for release in late June and early July.
OneNote, which first shipped last October as part of the Office 2003 System, now offers a variety of new features that fit into six camps: expanded access to data sources, increased Office 2003 integration, increased sharing, improved organization/usability and extensibility…http://www.crn.com/sections/BreakingNews/dailyarchives.asp?ArticleID=49521