Tablet PC News and Updates

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Editor’s Note:  As we shuffle through the Tablet PC Headlines, it is hard to ignore the hot debate on the Tablet PC’s future.  My personal take is simply this:  The prices of the units will approach $1,000 in a couple of weeks.  A new and significantly improved update to the OS for Tablets will coincide with the price drop.  Good Pricing + Better Usability = More sales of the Tablet.  MANY MORE!  Let’s just wait and see.  In the meanwhile, enjoy the controversy!


-Barry J. Doyle



Toshiba Port g M200 Tablet PC Review


The Toshiba Port g M200 is one of the latest convertible Tablet PCs running the Microsoft Tablet PC operating system. Toshiba claims its the most powerful too.


As a Tablet PC, I find it very useful. But like a PDA, this is a very subjective view. Some people may find it extremely useful while others may find it a frivolous waste of money. However, I really like the whole concept of the Tablet PC. As a system developer, I need to sketch design notes, code and write reports. The Tablet PC allows me to sketch notes and store them in the hard disk for future reference. That is not something you can do with a regular notebook.”


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Tablet PCs on slow dissolve


Despite brave words, the figures show Tablet PCs failing to sparkle. Mixing with the mainstream may be their only hope.


Dell threw its annual shindig for the European press last week, taking over a hotel in Cannes for two days of product previews, executive briefing and general schmoozing. Some of what the company said was public straight away, some of the forthcoming product launches are being kept for later. The company’s plans for the next few months were sketched out, to varying levels of detail and secrecy. But you can’t keep people quiet about stuff you don’t talk about — and Dell had absolutely nothing to say, on or off the record, about Tablet PCs.


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Readers Weigh in on Tablet PC’s Future


Some say yea, some say nay. But everyone’s a critic when it comes to the Tablet, Mary Jo Foley writes.


My latest Microsoft Watch column, “Trouble in Tablet Land?” created a lot of trouble of its own. While few readers disagreed that Microsoft needs to improve its Tablet marketing, more than a few erroneously deduced that we had pronounced the Tablet DOA.

For the record, I didn’t declare that Microsoft has decided to ax the Tablet PC. Nor did my colleague Mark Hachman reach this conclusion in his companion news story.


Instead, what both of us noted is Microsoft is distancing itself from the slate form factor (which originally was expected to be the ultimate showcase for the Tablet PC) and instead is moving to fold back into Windows the features that distinguish Tablets from plain-old notebooks.


In short, Microsoft originally spoke of Tablets as a revolution. Now they are claiming they are an evolution .


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