Will Windows CE Based Tablets be the Future?

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  1. Barry J. Doyle

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    Will Windows CE Based Tablets bethe Future?


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    In the news lately, we have observed conflicting reports and opinions as to the fate of Tablet PC support in the future of theWindows XP Operating System. At this point there has been no direct clarification from Microsoft or any other source to confirm or deny the exact plans the folks in Redmond have for the future. However, one can't help but notice the slew of devices powered by Windows CE or better yet, specifically called "Windows Embedded" devices. Could this be the true direction for Tablets?

    Surely there are many benefits to these devices over the standard hardware configuration that must qualify to be labeled by Microsoft as a "true" Tablet PC. The first and most noteable difference in Windows Embedded devices is the price. These devices cost roughly half or less than a slate styled Tablet and yet offer the majority of the desired functionality. With a Windows Embedded Tablet, users can surf the web, check email, use pen input to take notes, run a vast array of applications including versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. Additionally, a great feature is the ability for "instant on" startup. Because these devices use Flash ROM memory instead of a hard drive, they don't need to "boot up", but rather be powered "on".

    Many Windows CE devices of this nature discussed here can be found from a variety of manufacturers. Such devices carry names like "WebPad" or "Web Tablet", and are cleverly named by the manufacturers, since the name Tablet PC is trademarked by Microsoft and any device bearing this name must contain hardware within the strict guidelines dictated by Microsoft. It will interesting to see how the future of the Tablet platform and the hardware form factor in general pans out. Please continue to check back right here at BargainTabletPC.com for updates on this issue as they develop.




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    Brian Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I think the answer lies in the way people use the devices. A PDA is CE embedded but they're used a little differently than a Tablet normally is. With the growing popularity of the convertible Tablet, you really need to have XP on there or risk losing the notebook converts. And with PDAs sporting 624 MHz processors now, there's really little reason that they couldn't run XP at some point, if storage wasn't an issue.

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