BTPC News: Outlook of Tablet PC Future may be Bright:

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Tablet PCs Finding a Niche Market

Tablet PCs are being adopted by an increasing number of business professionals for specific mobile uses.

According to Theron Uys, Acer product manager at independent IT solutions company First Technology, almost ten percent of notebooks sold by Acer in South Africa today are Tablet PCs.

“Despite the novelty of the product, business projections estimate more than 35% of all notebooks sold worldwide will come equipped with some form of pen digitizer by 2007,” he says.

“The Tablet PC was initially launched with much hype and the active backing of Microsoft. Initially, sales of Tablet PCs remained constant but are now on a steady increase as they grow in popularity. In addition, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and major international IT companies continue to show faith in the Tablet PC as the future replacement for the notebook PC,” he adds.

With mobile power users permanently on the move, true portability means bringing advanced features into the hands of business professionals.

“Mobile professionals spend more and more time away from their workspaces. This increased autonomy means greater organisational power – which is where the Tablet PC is finding its niche.

“The Tablet PC is ideal for self-employed and professional users from small, medium and large corporations looking for a fully flexible notebook coupled with the efficiency and convenience of electronic ink and character recognition,” he explains…

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