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  • Blog Post: Tablet, Tablet, What is a Tablet?

    There's been some really interesting developments in the tablet world over the past years. When Bill Gates unveiled the Tablet PC almost a decade ago, Microsoft had high hopes that there'd be a chicken in every pot, if you will. Over the years we rolled out a new full Windows OS, handwriting and shape...
  • Blog Post: ArtRage Beta Shows Windows 7 Multitouch Capabilities at PDC

    I sure wish I could have seen this in person. The fine folks at ArtRage were showing off a beta version of their upcoming release. ArtRage is a graphic artist software package that uses Tablet PC functionality to enable realistic creation of water colors, oil paintings, chalk drawings, and much, much...
  • Blog Post: Star Power Behind Tablet Advertizing? That's So Dirty!

    I'm hoping that the title got someone's attention. Did it? Let me know. I get so little mail these days...... Anyway, I found this a little while ago, and immediately thought to put it up here, but then promptly got busy with SDK topics, reviews, newsletters and stuff. Better late than never. HP...
  • Blog Post: Pen Attention - Highlights Your Pen Cursor for Presentations

    Kenrick, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, posted a blog entry in which he highlights something he calls "PenAttention." It's a little add-in he created that creates a sort of halo around the pen cursor. Usually, the cursor looks like the tip of a pen....
  • Blog Post: Tablet PC MVPs Are in Town

    Baseball season's barely underway, so we don't know the MVPs yet. But I've been lucky enough to meet with many of the Tablet PC MVPs this week. Flying in from all around the world, these folks are the cutting-edge when it comes to what's happening around tablet and touch computing. They're giving up...
  • Blog Post: Sales Are Looking Good--if you're stocking laptops

    Last week I published an article in the Mobile PC Newsletter (brash and brazen plug, go subscribe through https://profile.microsoft.com/ . You just need a Windows Live Passport.) that Mobile PC Growth in India Is Almost 20 Percent in 2007 . And then today I saw an article in Ireland's Silicon Republic...
  • Blog Post: New Tablet PC App from Microsoft Research: InkSeine

    I was just talking to a very special person today about how nice it would be to walk along the banks of the Seine, holding hands, this time of year. This has nothing to do with that. InkSeine is an innovate note-taking, organizing, annotation application that was designed and build with the idea that...
  • Blog Post: Ink-Enabled WinForms controls for applications

    Looking for Tablet PC controls to add to your application? Of course, the Mobile PC Developer Center has the InkListBox Control – English , InkShortcut Control Code Sample , InkNumber Sample , InkSecureSignature Sample , and the ScalableInkPicture Sample . Beyond that, the Microsoft Health Common User...
  • Blog Post: Reading and Tablet PC

    OK, maybe this is more about a bold business move by HarperCollins , but that publisher is releasing entire books from its catalogue to the web, starting today. Each of the books will only be available for a month. You cannot download them to a laptop or reading device, such as the Kindle from Amazon...
  • Blog Post: It's Getting Rough Out There

    I was on the Tablet PC team before any OEMs had any of the tablet hardware that's is available to the market. As a result, we had hired a company to make prototype units for us. They were thin, slate models that were actually pretty cool. That is, they were cool when they worked. They were true protoypes...
  • Blog Post: Testing the Waters

    Because there are only a kerjillion blogs about technology and especially ones that mention Microsoft products, I thought I would stick my toe in and see how the water feels. Actually, I am taking this up because too few of our issuing statements deal with Tablet PC, laptops, and the whole world of what...
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