May 2002

XP Service Pack 1 beta testing to begin
Microsoft will soon begin public testing of Service Pack 1 for Windows XP which will include support for Mira devices. In addition, manufacturers will get updates that support the Tablet PC software. Providing Mira support for the home version of XP is highly relevant as it requires resources that are currently only available in XP Pro. -- Posted Friday, May 24, 2002 by chb

Xplore signs TPC agreement with Microsoft
Xplore Technologies announced today that it has signed a Tablet PC development agreement with Microsoft. Xplore plans on releasing the rugged GeneSys IIITPC which will meet all of Microsoft's TPC guidelines. See release. -- Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 by chb

CEOs get look at TPC at summit
At its sixth annual CEO Summit, Microsoft announced that Tablet PC hardware will be released in October from nine manufacturers at prices between US$1,600 and 2,200. Acer TravelMate Tablet PCs were available to the CEOs and, predictably, the mainstream press has already begun criticism of the TPC's handwriting recognition. According to reports, Bill Gates was "promising improvements by this fall." A Yahoo report stresses that "Despite occasional hoopla over pen-based machines, consumers and other technology buyers have been lukewarm toward the idea." -- Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2002 by chb

Windows XP for Tablet PC released late summer?
A May 15 report by ZDNet on the next version of Microsoft Office says that Microsoft plans to deliver Windows XP for Tablet PC as early as late summer, and that Office XP enhancements for Tablet PC would be available at roughly the same time. The report also says there will be downloadable enhancements for Office XP which will add to the existing handwriting features. -- Posted Thursday, May 16, 2002 by chb

eWeek reports on Toshiba tablet prototype
eWeek ran an article by John Taschek on a tablet computer prototype from Toshiba. The prototype is said to have been signnificantly smaller than the Microsoft TPC spec, with a 6.5-inch screen and weighing only around a pound. It is interesting to witness this newfound interest by the more mainstream press for pen computers. -- Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2002 by chb

Tablet PC, Mira old hat?
Quote from on HP's product line after the Compaq takeover: "The company will sell notebook PCs and iPaq handhelds, but it is also eyeing a range of new products from Microsoft's Mira and Tablet PC to new, more cutting-edge devices." We wonder how much more cutting edge than the Tablet PC and Mira can one get? -- Posted Saturday, May 11, 2002 by chb

PaceBlade named Tablet PC Partner
PaceBlade has been named an official Microsoft Tablet PC Strategic Partner. PaceBlade's PaceBook pen computer has been shown at various trade shows including last Falls's Comdex and the recent CeBIT. PaceBlade also has been reported to have Tablet PC orders with FIC. -- Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 by chb

VIA TPC reference shown in Taipei
The Register reports on the VIA TPC concept shown in Taipei on Mai 7. The VIA design is based on the VIA Apollo 2002 main board and the company's own C3 EBGA and Eden ESP processors. -- Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 by chb

TPC coverage in New Zealand
New Zealand Herald reports on the Tablet PC. -- Posted Thursday, May 9, 2002 by chb