Microsoft Tablet PC
by Rick Smith (November 13, 2000)
While only a prototype, this Tablet PC is an example of a full fledged PC, running "Whistler", Microsoft's next generation OS similar to Windows 98 or 2000 today. It has a 10 gigabyte drive, a 500+ MHz Transmeta processor, 128 Mb of RAM, USB ports, wireless networking and is capable of running full-sized Microsoft Office applications. It consists of a thin flat panel display with the entire computer sandwiched underneath. It not only reads native file formats, it can edit them as well, since it has just as much computing power as a standard tower, but in a much lighter weight package. It is NOT simply an Internet Appliance, but can function as your ONLY computer capable of performing work instead of being a satellite data terminal like most PDAs.
Bill Gates spoke about this at his Keynote Address at Comdex Fall 2000.
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