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Thursday, March 09, 2006

Origami is Ultra Mobile PC afterall

The Microsoft origami project turned out to be the Ultra-Mobile PC after all the suspense it was due for launch a week ago, only for the suspense to be extended an extra week. The UMPC as defined from Microsoft website is  " a new kind of computer. It combines the power of Windows XP with mobile-ready technologies that make it easy to access and use your software on the go. With small, lightweight, carry-everywhere hardware designs, you can connect and communicate, accomplish any task anywhere and at any time, and be entertained and informed wherever life takes you. "
The hardware specs of the UMPC are as follows
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 OS
  • Approximately 7" diagonal display (or smaller)
  • Minimum 800 x 480 resolution
  • Approximately 2 pounds
  • Integrated touch panel
  • WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled

    It also comes with full version of software unlike the pocket pc' which use  seriously scaled down version of the actual software. The software include Micros ft Office, Movielink, Microsoft Streets & Trips '07, One Note 2004 and Foldershare ( a new Windows Live Service), MSN messenger, Windows Media Player, Outlook Express and shortcuts to MSN spaces, MSN Music and MSn Games and with the regular classic games like Solitaire, Hearts and now Sudoku.
  • On the website there are 360 views of the Samsung and Asus version. The samsung version can stand upright like a picture frame. The keyboard is novel, it is split into two parts and each half appears on the lower left and right hand corner of the UMPC. The keys on each half is spread around a quadrant and it also includes a stylus.
    More info on the UMPC when I get one in hand


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