Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Mar 2006 21:32 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In a preview of Tuesday afternoon's demonstration, Intel Marketing Director Brad Graff showed CNET several of the Ultra Mobile PC devices, including an example of the kind of hardware that will ship in the next few weeks as part of the Microsoft effort. As earlier reported, the first devices have a 7-inch touch screen, standard x86 processors, and can run full versions of desktop operating systems including the Windows XP variant being used for Origami.
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RE[3]: blogged about it
by Brendan on Wed 8th Mar 2006 04:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: blogged about it"
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first of all, this baby runs full version windows. this means people can take their exiting software (including games) and run them on it. this allows for a much quicker uptake.

Are you sure about that? For example, any software that does "Press any key to continue" is going to be a problem, and writing a word document by cutting and pasting words from a dictionary might be a bit hard (assuming there's a fast alternative to "control+C" and "control+V").

I don't know - maybe there'll be a virtual keyboard on the screen where you can touch the virtual keys, but then the virtual keyboard will probably take up most of the screen making it fairly hard see what you're doing.

What it really needs is software designed to work without a keyboard, but I can't think of much here - a few games and a web browser (as long as you don't go want to reply on forums, etc).

Perhaps speech recognition might be a viable alternative - otherwise handwriting a letter might be easier than sending an email...

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