UMPC this, Origami that. If I hear one more thing… Okay just venting here. You want to know more? Here is the latest:
Microsoft Guide: How to Buy a UMPC
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Well you can’t run out and buy one yet, but Microsoft seems to be betting you will! Big players such as ASUS and Samsung will be releasing the first generation of Ultra-Mobile PCs in the next few weeks. If you are looking to get up to speed on just what you’ll get out of the new platform, you best read up! Microsoft’s guide features demos, details and get us aquainted with everything UMPC. Read more here.
First Look at the Tablet Kiosk V-700 Ultra-Mobile PC
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Linda Epstein has written up an excellent hands-on review ot the “V-700” UMPC from Tablet Kiosk. Although the unit she had in hand is a pre-release model, Linda was able to work with most all of the final features that will be included in the final product. Check out Linda’s review at TabletPC2.com.
Agilix Supports GoBinder and More for the UMPC Platform
AGILIX LABS ANNOUNCES FULL SUPPORT FOR ULTRA MOBILE PC PLATFORM
OREM, Utah – Mar. 9, 2006 – Agilix Labs, Inc., a worldwide leader in mobile learning solutions, today announced that GoBinder(tm) 2006, released on March 1st, provides full support for the new Ultra Mobile PC. GoBinder 2006 is targeted at the education market, which is also a very important market for the Ultra Mobile PC.
GoBinder 2006 is a software application designed to help students learn more effectively. It enables students to take all of their learning content with them – regardless of whether they have an internet connection or not. GoBinder 2006 enables students to take digital notes, digitally store, annotate and search learning content. The application also includes an electronic calendar, assignment manager and contact database to help students stay organized. GoBinder runs on Windows XP-based desktops, laptops and has been optimized for the Tablet PC.
The new release of GoBinder has been designed to run on the new Ultra Mobile PC. To leverage the new computing platform, GoBinder’s user interface was redesigned to function well within the Ultra Mobile PC’s screen size. It supports the new touch screen and leverages the built-in digital ink functionality.
“The Ultra Mobile PC is the perfect mobile computing device for education markets, especially with K-12 students,” said Curt Allen, Agilix president and chief executive officer. “Being one of the leading Tablet PC applications in education worldwide, GoBinder is a perfect solution for the Ultra Mobile PC. We anticipate many students using the two products together.”
“The release of Agilix GoBinder 2006 with support for the new Ultra Mobile PC offers students the ability to stay organized and connected to the information that’s most important to them while in the classroom or on the go,” said Mika Krammer, director of Windows mobility marketing at Microsoft Corp. “The flexibility and size of the Ultra Mobile PC is a strong fit for the education sector coupled with software solutions such as GoBinder 2006 will help give students the competitive edge they need to succeed.”
The combination of the Ultra Mobile PC and GoBinder 2006 together will be targeted at K-12 and higher education markets. The Ultra Mobile PC provides students with a light-weight, fully functional mobile computing device that they can take anywhere. With GoBinder 2006, students can take digital notes in class using the touch screen, digital ink, the on screen keyboard or through an optional Bluetooth keyboard. GoBinder 2006’s digital printer enables students to print Windows application files, such as Microsoft(r) Word and PowerPoint, Adobe(r) Acrobat and web pages directly into GoBinder’s database. Student can organize their notes and electronically printed content by tabs and use the touch screen, digital ink or keyboard to annotate the content. A powerful search feature enables students to quickly locate any personal note or printed page stored in GoBinder.
GoBinder 2006 supports an open architecture for third party developers to build “plug-ins” that extend and enhance the application. Plug-ins can leverage built-in features of GoBinder 2006, such as the GoBinder sync manager that makes it possible to synchronize its database bi-directionally with servers, web sites and local applications and devices. GoBinder 2006 comes with out-of-the-box utilities to synchronize GoBinder-stored appointments, tasks, contacts and notes with Microsoft Outlook and Palm devices. A software developer kit (SDK) is available at no charge at www.agilix.com for developers that want to built GoBinder 2006 plug-ins, including those that can run on the Ultra Mobile PC.
Private-label Agilix applications also support the new Ultra Mobile PC. Blackboard(r) Backpack, developed by Agilix for Blackboard, now supports the new device. Blackboard Backpack is used by students at higher education and distance learning institutions that use the Blackboard Academic Suite(tm). In addition, FranklinCovey(r) PlanPlus for Windows 5.0, which Agilix developed for FranklinCovey, also supports the new Ultra Mobile PC. With the new Ultra Mobile PC platform, FranklinCovey users get a digital planner the size of small paper planner.
All three applications are available now for download and 30-day trial. Agilix GoBinder 2006 is available at www.gobinder.com, Blackboard Backpack is available at backpack.blackboard.com and FranklinCovey PlanPlus for Windows is available at www.franklincovey.com.