: Tablet PC Platform"> Executive Summary: Tablet PC Platform Tablet PCs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all run Microsofts Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system. eWeek Labs tests show that the platform, which Microsoft calls the third generation of pen-enabled devices, still has some kinks that need to be worked out. A significant percentage of future notebook sales will be made up of pen-enabled devices, however. XP Tablet Edition supports all applications that run on Windows XP, plus pen-enabled applications that will eventually be the ultimate factor in whether corporations decide to move to the device.Tablet PCs cost about 10 percent more than ultraportable notebooksexpect to pay between $1,900 and $2,400 for each unit. Support policies and the recommended extended warranties will cost slightly more than those for traditional notebooks. The costs are in line with expectations, but most vendors expect dramatic price decreases during the next two years. (+) Inherent usability of the stylus; runs all Windows XP applications; excellent for form-intensive operations; graphic artists will appreciate the Tablets flexibility; ultraportable design. (-) Provides only fair integration with Microsoft Office; poor integration with other third-party applications, except those that take specific advantage of the Tablet Edition operating system; some units have little protective coating over glass; high relative cost; some units have awkward cable and interface placement.