About 30 years ago, a computer was twice the size
of a Godrej almirah. As chip technology improved, the
computer shrank over the years. The first breakthrough
came in the eighties, when IBM set up a secret top-level
team to improve the features of the computer, and came
up with the personal computer (PC) we see today. Smaller
and better. Then came the laptop, and now the Tablet PC.
his four-day visit to India last week, Microsoft chairman
and chief architect Bill Gates, apart from dispensing
largesse, also made a strong pitch for Microsofts
Tablet PCs which will enter the Indian market in December
new Tablet PC is supposed to combine the simplicity of
a piece of paper with the power of a PC, and the rich
features of a notebook PC with the convenience of a pen.
to Microsoft, the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, the newest
Microsoft operating system, paves the way for the most
versatile computing experience ever. Microsoft says the
mobility of Tablet PC combines with ink and speech tools
to let you take your PC to many more places and use it
in many new ways.
expands on Windows XP Professional, giving the features
and performance of the latest Microsoft operating system
for PCs, and additional capabilities of the Tablet PC.
It is compatible with all Windows XP software as the Tablet
PC is built on top of Windows XP Professional and the
user can run Windows XP-compatible applications like Microsoft
it is easy to set up and use.
features which were not available in the Microsoft stable
pen input: Information you input in your own handwriting
can be used immediately in a variety of applications,
including Outlook 2002, Word 2002, Excel 2002, and PowerPoint
PC input panel: You can input text into applications
using your own handwriting on the writing pad or using
your pen with the on-screen keyboard.
Windows journal: You can unobtrusively take notes on
your Tablet PC in meetings or in a variety of locations.
You no longer have to take notes on paper and then enter
them into your computer later.
recognition/conversion: Handwriting recognition tools
help in ink-to-text conversion by helping you spot and
correct recognition errors before text is inserted into
recognition: You can use your voice instead of a mouse,
keyboard, or pen to control Microsoft Windows-based
applications. You can also use your voice to dictate
text for input into applications.
Tablet PC hardware to suit your needs: You can choose
a Tablet PC to meet your particular needs. You can choose
the "convertible" style with a built-in keyboard,
or, for ultimate mobility, choose the "slate tablet"
style. Both models are available with docking stations
for use at your desk.
launch of the Tablet PC marks an exciting new era of mobile
computing that is limited only by the imagination of its
users, Gates said at the launch of the PC in the
US on 7 November 2002. The Tablet PC is a great
example of how computers are adapting to how people really
work, whether theyre taking notes in a meeting,
collaborating wirelessly with colleagues or reading on
screen. Were just scratching the surface of what
on the inaugural day of the Comdex computer show in Las
Vegas, Bill Gates called it the device to launch the Digital
Decade. Last Thursday, at a glittering ceremony
in Mumbai, attended by the whos who of industry,
Gates demonstrated his Tablet PC. Judging by the reactions,
many of the guests will buy it as soon as it hits the
what about others? The Tablet PC is priced at $2,000,
which is about Rs 96,000. The Indian customer is very
price-sensitive as far as any product is concerned and
the Tablet PC, whatever its merits, is unlikely to be
an exception. In all probability, Bill Gates digital
visions for India will have to be kept in abeyance till
the price falls.