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Old 02-04-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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Microsoft’s Creative Destruction (with Tablet PC reminiscing!)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/op...ml?ref=opinion
Dick Brass was a vice president at Microsoft from 1997 to 2004

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Another example: When we were building the tablet PC in 2001, the vice president in charge of Office at the time decided he didn’t like the concept. The tablet required a stylus, and he much preferred keyboards to pens and thought our efforts doomed. To guarantee they were, he refused to modify the popular Office applications to work properly with the tablet. So if you wanted to enter a number into a spreadsheet or correct a word in an e-mail message, you had to write it in a special pop-up box, which then transferred the information to Office. Annoying, clumsy and slow.

So once again, even though our tablet had the enthusiastic support of top management and had cost hundreds of millions to develop, it was essentially allowed to be sabotaged. To this day, you still can’t use Office directly on a Tablet PC. And despite the certainty that an Apple tablet was coming this year, the tablet group at Microsoft was eliminated.
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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I also think that the hardware was just not there in 2001. Processors were too slow, ran hot, and were power hungry. Integrated video processors were very poor performing too. Batteries were barely acceptable. The LCD panels were power hungry. The touch panels were not there either. Hard drives were slow, power hungry, and low capacity.

Today the outlook is much more promising in my opinion. The tablet idea is great, the early attempts just did not have the needed hardware available.

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I am typing this on a convertible TabletPC I've had since 2003. (I've gotten in the habit of using it in laptop mode rather than tablet mode since Calibre doesn't support the tablet input panel.) This tablet got me through school - I have fond (?) memories of taking notes in calculus, switching colors on the fly, matching up the colors of the labels to the lines or curves in the graph to make it clear to what I was referring to. It was great, and while I had to switch batteries to make it through the day, I had enough CPU.

I'm glad they're making a "comeback." To some of us, they never left. In fact, we're seriously considering a refurbished convertible for my husband this very minute.
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I also think that the hardware was just not there in 2001. Processors were too slow, ran hot, and were power hungry. Integrated video processors were very poor performing too. Batteries were barely acceptable. The LCD panels were power hungry. The touch panels were not there either. Hard drives were slow, power hungry, and low capacity.
Nuts. Look up the Fujitsu Stylistic 1200... worked great.

Then they changed to this silly convertible model which added a ton of weight and size...
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