The Write Stuff

Want a computer you can scribble on? Meet the Tablet PC. I got my hands on an early version

Bill Gates has been waxing lyrical about a device called the Tablet PC for so many years that it's become a running joke in the tech press. Finally last week, at the computer industry's big annual Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, the famous Tablet became more than just talk. Nine major manufacturers--including Toshiba, NEC and Compaq--unveiled Tablet PCs that they're about to bring to market. Each will sell for roughly the price of a laptop, and all will run Windows XP Tablet PC edition and a handwriting program called Journal. Microsoft promises both programs will be finished by the second...

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