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The Tablet PC in the Days of Yore

Published on 19 December 13
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The first models of the tablet PC were not really impressive, which may explain that they did not pick up the interest of the market. It was more like a miniature version of a desktop PC as it had most of its features. The only difference was that it was resized to fit into a smaller and more convenient casing. The software that runs the whole thing was similar to those that run their bigger predecessor. This meant that you needed something similar to an 4-port iPad charging station to keep the batteries running. Another common feature was that most of the units had a pen-based input.
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Microsoft Windows
Contrary to what people know, it was Microsoft that actually launched the first tablet PC in the market. It was in the keynote speech during the year 2000 that Bill Gates demonstrated to the public a prototype of their tablet PC. They were confident that this would become the next big thing in the world of computing.
Of course, they needed a software program to run the thing so in 2002, they launched the Windows XP Tablet PC edition and upgraded the version in 2005. Early models of tablet PCs that used their software were Acer Travelmate C100, Toshiba Protégé 3500 and Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000. However, much to the dismay of Microsoft, the response of the market was lukewarm. A few reasons for this was the battery life so you needed an iPad charging station or something similar to it. Another thing was that the applications were not adapted to the slate format and the most common reason was that the units were just too heavy and could cause some strain in the user when used for a long period.
Linux
This is another operating system that developed an operating system for tablet PCs. There are units that run on this open-source platform that were made available like the SONICBlue ProGear tablet. This was manufactured by FrontPath and it was embedded with handwriting recognition software which was one of its inputs together with its virtual keyboard. This tablet PC was designed for the service industry like hospitals, hotels, restaurants and not for personal and home use. This meant that the applications that were developed for this tablet PC were not for entertainment but mostly for business processes. You might need something like a Thunderbolt cable to transfer files.
Another tablet PC that ran on Linux was the unit by Palm Inc. This company was eventually bought by Hewlett-Packard together with everything that they developed. Another product that they develop is the HP Touchpad. It run on the WebOS platform but it was also discontinued as the consumers did not take an interest on the product and sales were not the expected levels.
The first models of the tablet PC were not really impressive, which may explain that they did not pick up the interest of the market. It was more like a miniature version of a desktop PC as it had most of its features. The only difference was that it was resized to fit into a smaller and more convenient casing. The software that runs the whole thing was similar to those that run their bigger predecessor. This meant that you needed something similar to an 4-port iPad charging station to keep the batteries running. Another common feature was that most of the units had a pen-based input.

The Tablet PC in the Days of Yore - Image 1

Microsoft Windows

Contrary to what people know, it was Microsoft that actually launched the first tablet PC in the market. It was in the keynote speech during the year 2000 that Bill Gates demonstrated to the public a prototype of their tablet PC. They were confident that this would become the next big thing in the world of computing.

Of course, they needed a software program to run the thing so in 2002, they launched the Windows XP Tablet PC edition and upgraded the version in 2005. Early models of tablet PCs that used their software were Acer Travelmate C100, Toshiba Protégé 3500 and Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000. However, much to the dismay of Microsoft, the response of the market was lukewarm. A few reasons for this was the battery life so you needed an iPad charging station or something similar to it. Another thing was that the applications were not adapted to the slate format and the most common reason was that the units were just too heavy and could cause some strain in the user when used for a long period.

Linux

This is another operating system that developed an operating system for tablet PCs. There are units that run on this open-source platform that were made available like the SONICBlue ProGear tablet. This was manufactured by FrontPath and it was embedded with handwriting recognition software which was one of its inputs together with its virtual keyboard. This tablet PC was designed for the service industry like hospitals, hotels, restaurants and not for personal and home use. This meant that the applications that were developed for this tablet PC were not for entertainment but mostly for business processes. You might need something like a Thunderbolt cable to transfer files.

Another tablet PC that ran on Linux was the unit by Palm Inc. This company was eventually bought by Hewlett-Packard together with everything that they developed. Another product that they develop is the HP Touchpad. It run on the WebOS platform but it was also discontinued as the consumers did not take an interest on the product and sales were not the expected levels.

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