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Next Microsoft Tablet PC software renamed

It's coming out after 2004 is half over, so, like a new car model, Microsoft is naming it for the year to come: The tablet OS codenamed Lonestar will be known as Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.

Microsoft has changed the name for the next version of its Tablet PC operating system, which is code-named Lonestar. The update will carry the name Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 instead of having a 2004 moniker, although Microsoft said it is still slated for the middle of this year, along with Windows XP Service Pack 2.

"We had been referring to it as 2004, but with a mid-year availability date, we determined a 2005 name would suit it better, and for a longer period of time," a Microsoft representative said in an e-mail on Wednesday.