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Tablet PC: Scribbling into the future

Microsoft has high hopes for its new operating system for pen-based computing. But a crop of new gadgets based on the OS may have trouble attracting buyers. Also, e-magazines?

Attempting to write a new chapter in the saga of pen-based computing, which may also include e-magazines, Microsoft unveils its vision for tablet PCs. The company has high hopes for its new operating system that will run tablets, but will people buy the crop of new gadgets based on the OS?


Six major magazine publishers plan to don a new image for tablet PCs, creating digital facsimiles of their periodicals and pushing the fold on Web advertising.
November 8, 2002


Executives representing more than 20 companies manufacturing devices using the software joined Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in New York for the launch.
November 7, 2002 

research Dig deeper into the history of pen computing, from a 1957 patent on the concept to an interview with tablet visionary Alan Kay. Learn more--free registration required.
November 7, 2002 

Microsoft is aiming its new OS for pen-based, "tablet" computing at the mainstream corporate market, but the first buyers are likely to be businesses with specific requirements.
November 6, 2002 

update "Only the bravest" will have adopted new portable computers based on Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition by the end of next year, a Gartner exec says.
November 6, 2002 

Hewlett-Packard announces its own twist on the tablet PC, with a new kind of transformable computer that features a detachable keyboard.
November 5, 2002 

previous coverage

update Prices and features of tablet PC models from Acer, Toshiba and ViewSonic, posted on CompUSA's Web site, range from just over $2,000 to $2,500.
November 1, 2002 

A start-up formed by a group of Dell Computer visionaries plans to release its device next month. Will it find the right formula for success?
October 24, 2002