News – Intel Touts Glide OS for UMPCs, Fujitsu Offers More Flash Hard Drive Options, More Draconian Vista Restrictions Surface

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Intel Touts Glide OS for UMPCs

Tablet PC and UMPC computing and Microsoft’s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition software are often seen as synomymous- you don’t get one without the other. But that may not be true for long. In the recent past the once chummy relationship between Intel and Microsoft has been souring and this week Intel gave some very public support to a little known OS outfit called Glide.

“We were really surprised at how far they are willing to go to support our system,” said Glide Chairman and CEO Donald Leka.

“We’re collaborating with Intel to produce a great experience on ultra mobile PCs. We’re contributing the really cool software to make these devices really sticky and much more exciting for consumers. Quite frankly Windows is not the most exciting environment.”

“The best thing about these devices is the touch screen, which gives you a tactile experience that your iPod doesn’t give you,” said Mr. Leka. “We designed Glide to be optimized for a touch screen. You can actually drag your finger across the screen to move your music and web sites. I call it finger painting with media.” Read more…

 

Fujitsu Offers More Flash Hard Drive Options

It seems like not that long ago that the option of a flash memory hard drive in your Tablet PC was distant dream. On Friday Fujitsu announced that it was expanding its offering by adding the option to choose either a 16GB or 32GB flash memory drive for B-series or Q-series machines begining in November. The new drive options won’t be for the faint-of-wallet though. The 16GB will add $670 to the price tag while the 32GB will add $1,340. Flash hard drives are theoretically supposed to offer improved start up and access times and lower power usage translating into better battery life. Fujitsu on Friday also announced a new convertible Tablet PC, the FMV-P8230 which has a 8.9 inch XGA resolution (1,280 pixels by 768 pixels) screen and an Intel Core Solo processor and lists for $2,010. Read more…

 

More Draconian Vista Restrictions Surface

There’s been a lot of people pouring over the terms and conditions of Microsoft’s licensing agreement for its upcoming OS Windows Vista and the picture seems to be getting uglier by the week. The latest restriction that Vista adopters will have to deal with is a change in how the end user is allowed to transfer a retail license. With XP an end user could theoretically buy a new PC each year and simply transfer their Windows license to the new machine. With Vista the end user will only be allowed to transfer the license once. While the majority of home users will probably not run up against this limit, it no doubt will cause headaches and problems for a significant portion of pro and hobbyist users. Read more…

 

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