Tablet PC News – Fujitsu Tablet PC’s Go Sonoma, High-Speed In-Flight Wireless Internet, Microsoft’s Software Roadmap

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Fujitsu Tablet PC’s Go Sonoma

According to one of our inside sources, Fujitsu will be refreshing its Tablet PC models with the Sonoma platform this month. On the bright side, this means updated graphics and the new faster PCI Express bus. On the downside? Well Fujitsu’s Tablet PC products are in the “Thin and Light” category. We can only hope that despite Sonoma’s increased heat and power requirements, Fujitsu Tablet PC’s will still run cool (and quiet) and keep their relatively long battery life. We will post more details about the product refresh as they surface.



SEATTLE and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2005 — Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), and Intel Corporation today announced an agreement to enhance and promote high-speed, in-flight wireless Internet service. As part of the agreement, the companies have successfully completed compatibility testing with common Intel Centrino mobile technology-based laptop configurations, making Connexion by BoeingSM the first in-flight Internet service to be verified through Intel’s Wireless Verification Program.

Connexion by Boeing is the only high-speed wireless Internet, data and entertainment connectivity service for commercial airlines and their passengers as well as for operators of private and government executive jets.

Through the Wireless Verification Program, Intel works with wireless service providers to identify and minimize issues related to quality of service, site coverage and down-time that may negatively impact the end-user experience. To date, the program has verified 103 service providers that operate more than 70,000 hotspots worldwide.

“Intel and Connexion by Boeing have collaborated extensively to test the high-speed, in-flight Wi-Fi service, which provides a secure and reliable service for travelers who want new choices for how they spend their time in-flight,” said Keith Kressin, director of marketing for Intel’s Mobile Platforms Group. “With our shared focus on enhancing the end-user experience, Intel and Connexion by Boeing are opening up a whole new world of in-flight entertainment, communication and productivity.”

“By verifying Connexion’s service compatibility with Intel Centrino mobile technology and devices, we help ensure that air passengers have a consistent, high quality, in-flight Wi-Fi experience as they have come to expect and enjoy on the ground — whether they are surfing the World Wide Web, watching live global television or connecting to a corporate VPN,” said David Friedman, vice president of marketing and direct sales, Connexion by Boeing. Connexion by Boeing and Intel will also work with customer airlines to increase awareness, trial and adoption of in-flight Internet access through co-branding, promotions and educational efforts targeted at both business and leisure travelers.

Connexion by Boeing service is available today on 70 planes and more than 100 daily routes worldwide on Lufthansa Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Japan Airlines, ANA, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines. In addition, Austrian Airlines, Korean Air, El Al, Asiana and Etihad will soon begin offering the high-speed service on their long-range aircraft.


Microsoft Gives Financial Analysts Overview of Company Plans

Microsoft executives used their annual financial analyst meeting last week at the Redmond campus to describe in broad terms, some of the upcoming products and services ideas that have appeared on the Microsoft roadmap since this time last year. On that timeline are plays in new technology areas, such as high-performance computing, as well as expanding the company’s base of existing products.

“These are areas in which we will introduce new products, but perhaps as significantly, we will also introduce higher-value versions of existing products,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Given that the bulk of Microsoft’s income still comes from the company’s core products — Windows, Office, and its main servers, like SQL Server and Exchange Server — the company will introduce “new SKUs,” Ballmer told the audience. (SKU, or “stock keeping unit,” is a retail term that roughly translates as “packages” or “products”).

For instance, the company plans an enterprise edition of Windows Vista — formerly code-named Longhorn. In the Windows XP generation of client operating systems, Microsoft shipped Home, Professional, Media Center and Tablet editions. It was unclear from Ballmer’s brief mention what the Enterprise Edition would include to distinguish it from Professional. Ballmer also promised a higher-end applications package he dubbed Office Premium…

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