Fine Print on Microsofts New Tablet OS
Microsoft on Monday offered more details of Lonestar, the new version of the Tablet PC platform. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 will improve upon handwriting and developer support.LAS VEGASMicrosoft Corp. is readying a new version of the Tablet PC platform that improves upon the handwriting features in the operating system. Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates demonstrated the device and software in his Sunday evening keynote address. Code-named Lonestar, the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2004 software will offer a larger "ink-to-text" panel than the current version, meaning users can scrawl longer e-mail messages that the computer translates into typed text. Click here for coverage of Bill Gates Comdex Las Vegas 2003 keynote address.
The new OS also will feature an improved handwriting recognition engine that lets it anticipate what kind of data to expecta phone number, a state, etc.with the result of more accurate recognition. This would come in handy for doctors who write drug prescriptions on their Tablets, according to officials of the Redmond, Wash., company, who added that the health care field is one of the bigger markets for Tablet PCs.