Home > Microsoft > Can Microsoft Read Chicken Scratch? Can Microsoft Read Chicken Scratch? Eugenia Loli 2002-09-26 Microsoft 7 Comments The Tablet PC operating system matches people’s scrawls against the company’s own database of handwriting samples. But there’s some debate as to whether to tailor it to the individual. Read the report. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 7 Comments 2002-09-26 6:52 pm Anonymous “the software, due to appear in devices Nov. 7” “The software giant hopes to resolve the various issues at a meeting in December” Raikes said. Did I miss something? I thought this was pretty funny. “Let’s solve our problems after the product is released.” This is where usablitity testing and even limited beta testing can help to avoid the situation that Apple had with the first version of the newton (mentioned in the same article) “the enduring idea in consumers’ minds was that handwriting recognition was not ready for prime time”. 2002-09-26 7:23 pm Anonymous This is funny – I thought they’d at least had made decisions about these matters to get started. It sounds like the initial Tablet PC’s are goin to be very limited. I get the impression that Microsoft is very unclear on what it is they’re doing anymore. Not just with this, but with everthing. 2002-09-26 10:23 pm Anonymous All they need to do is release something new. People will buy it and MS will improve it later, at an excruciatingly slow pace so that we all hate it but all use it because it is the “defacto standard.” Until one day, you look back and say “hey, this is a lot better than it used to be. I think they got it right this time… except for all this extra junk that I really don’t want.” Just like Windows XP. The best so far, but still pretty crappy in a lot of ways. 2002-09-27 1:23 am Anonymous ms had a few guys down to talk to our acm at new mexico tech a few days ago and they brought a tablet pc. while i don’t particularly care for microsoft, they bought us pizza so i went. the handwriting recognition was actually very impressive. we all took turns scrawling on it while the screen was projected onto the front wall. the only time it had issues is when i tried to write perl code with it. other than that, it worked without a hitch. 2002-09-27 1:42 am Anonymous Hmmm, Apple Newton mid 90’s, Microsoft Tablet early 2000’s. Looks like the usual gap:) 2002-09-27 4:01 am Anonymous cave man drawings 12000bc MS paint mid 80’s basicly who cares. Newton is dead, this is now. I doubt it was an orginal thing when apple did it. Still who givesa a rats ass about who did it first here. 2002-09-27 7:52 am Anonymous Hmmm, Apple Newton mid 90’s, Microsoft Tablet early 2000’s. Uhmmm, Microsoft copied Apple’s idea with handwriting with Windows CE 1.0……. which was 90’s too.