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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What I see is just the transition between PDA/PocketPCs to full-featured like PCs in a more portable form...
The device has probably good processing power to handle booth the system of a standard PC on a standard x86 hardware, which basically already means a lot of software and also power to handle today's media formats. Not forgetting network/internet access (a must these days).

PDAs/PocketPCs won't live up too much, they are converging in cellphones.
So, PCs can now be portable and still have similar power to their desktop counterparts. The key here is to design a device for some target-customers, and also attach together all this different designs for different people and different usages. That's where Microsoft can make a difference, like they did with Direct3D, making the whole marketing talk similar languages and take similar paths instead of let the costumer worry about product X that will only work with product Y... May sound silly, but that's very important for brand recognition, and that's what Origami probably is... a design reference and a software package.

The actual devices? They may have a lot of differences from each other, or may even don't look so good right now, but they'll certainly evolve soon as hardware evolves too.

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