News Bits: Best Buy for Business to Offer More Lenovo PCs, Microsoft Already Working on Vista Follow-Up, Mi-Co Announced Availability of its Print on Demand Software

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Best Buy For Business to Offer More Lenovo PCs

Lenovo and Best Buy For Business recently announced that select Lenovo notebook PCs will be available for purchase at approximately 300 Best Buy For Business retail store locations across the U.S. beginning this month. Small business professionals can now purchase the ThinkPad T60 widescreen and Lenovo 3000 N100 notebooks right off the retail shelves.

"By bringing Lenovo PCs to the retail shelves of the Best Buy For Business stores, customers have hands-on access to our products and can immediately begin using their Lenovo PC," said Steve Mungall, vice president of Worldwide and Americas Channels at Lenovo.

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Microsoft Already Working on Vista Follow-Up

Even though the launch of Vista was just a few weeks ago, Microsoft is already back to work on the next version of Windows. Sources are saying we may see this version, possibly codenamed Vienna, as early as 2009. That is right 2009, just two, two-and-a-half years after Vista. These guys must never take a vacation.

This would be a much faster turn around compared to Vista, which shipped more than five years after Windows XP. However due to virus problems in 2003, Microsoft had to redirected its engineering effort to fixing Windows with the XP Service Pack 2 release, which put Vista on the back burner.

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Mi-Co Announced Availability of its Print on Demand Software

Mi-Co recently announced the beta availability of its “print on demand” software for Anoto functionality digital pen technology, via the Mi-Forms on Demand product. Anoto technology allows users to capture and use digital ink when writing with a digital pen on paper printed with special Anoto patterns. This is a great tool from Tablet users and it’s no wonder why the IRS and USDA use this software.

They also announced that they have licensed U.S. Patent 6,798,907 to Rover Technology Fusions. This patent was awarded to Mi-Co for its invention of a computer system that combines handwriting captured in real-time with pre-existing information, creating a “composite document.” This patent is one of several awarded to the Mi-Co staff related to their mobile data capture software systems that allow users to write on paper or paper-like Tablet PC forms and then process the data in real-time.

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