How long will the battery last
The longer-life, lighter-weight batteries can last more than 4 hours, while one
model is reporting 12 hours. Although the battery is longer-lasting than
conventional notebook batteries, the way the Tablet PC is used will determine
the actual time before the battery needs to be recharged. New mobile processors
are being released soon that should increase battery life considerably.
Is there a docking
station to recharge the batteries?
Most models of the Tablet PC can support docking stations. Check with your
selected manufacturer to see if the docking station is included or available as
an option. Some manufacturers sell separate battery charges, and there are also
third-party chargers available.
How long does it take
to shut down the Tablet PC if I need to remove it from its docking station?
There is no need to shut down the Tablet PC before removing it from its docking
station. The Tablet PC's docking feature allows you to grab it and go.
Does the docking
station provide any additional ports?
Several models of the Tablet PC include additional ports on the docking station
or port replicator
as well as CD / DVD Roms. Check individual models for specific
What type of
security is used with the Tablet PC?
Different models offer different security options. Check the
manufacturer's website for more specific information.
Is there a security
lock slot like on portables?
Many models do have a security lock.
How secure is this
Wireless is not the most
secure way of communicating. Just as with cell phones, the signals can be
"overheard." There are security options, and it's highly suggested that
safe computing is practiced.
Are there any additional
security devices available?
Tablet PCs offer fingerprint scanners for increased security. There are
also 3rd party devices such as USB pen drives that contain a security lock.
Without the pen drive, the information on the Tablet PC is irretrievable.
Will all the Windows
applications I already have run on the Tablet PC?
All existing applications that are Windows XP compatible should run on the Tablet
PC. Windows XP is one of the most robust operating systems released by
Microsoft, allowing even older programs to work on newer machines. More
and more developers are writing programs that take better advantage of ink.
What operating system does the Tablet PC
The Tablet PC uses a superset of Windows XP
Professional - Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. This includes Windows
Journal which allows users to actually write on the screen using digital pen and
How difficult is it
to learn the handwriting?
There isn't anything to learn. Tablet XP will recognize most handwriting.
The gestures used for functions normally done with a mouse or keyboard can be
learned easily by the user. If preferred, there's an on-screen menu and
I've heard about something
called Lonestar? Can you explain what this is?
Lonestar is the code name for the improvements specific to Tablet PC included in
the Windows XP Service Pack 2 for Tablet PCs. This is officially known
as Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005. The improved features in this
release will deliver a more natural pen computing experience and offers new
capabilities for developers.
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 more tightly integrates the Tablet Input Panel
(TIP) into the flow of your activities. This new version incorporates support
for an In Place TIP, which will open anywhere on the page when the pen is
recognized—similar to how a mouse is recognized on a desktop computer monitor.
As you move around the page, the TIP will travel with you, placing the tool
wherever you need it.
The In Place TIP also provides an
interface that will be easier to use. The TIP will automatically grow in size as
you reach the end of each line, allowing you to more easily input multiple lines
An advanced feature for error
correction in the TIP will enable you to see your handwriting converted to text
on the fly. You can make revisions to it before inserting it into your document,
improving the ink-to-text conversion experience.
You will also benefit from the use of
context-sensitive recognition when you input certain text. With this new
feature, Web site URLs or e-mail addresses will be recognized more easily and
How will I be able to buy Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 if I already
have a Tablet PC?
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 will be
available to you as a free upgrade if you already own a Tablet PC, and it will
come installed on any new Tablet PC hardware unit purchased in the second half
How can I upgrade my older pen tablet to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition is only available with the purchase of a new
Tablet PC or with an MSDN subscription. Subscribers to MSDN can use it
for development purposes only. Full functionality requires a Tablet
Why can't I train my Tablet PC to read my writing?
The Tablet PC doesn't use a handwriting technology that can be taught. It
is a handwriting-recognition application that was created using thousands of
samples of handwriting. The results are excellent. With the release of
Lonestar, included in Windows XP Service Pack 2, the handwriting recognition is
Can I use the handwriting feature with the
Tablet PC since I'm left-handed?
The Tablet PC can recognize left-handed
writing as well as right-handed. Select the correct setting for your way
What if I write too
heavily or too lightly? Will that make my handwriting illegible?
There are several settings for the pen and ink ranging from extra fine to heavy
marker. There's also a sensitivity setting for individual
What languages can your handwriting
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition can be
used with US English, Japanese, German, French, Simplified and Traditional
Chinese, and Korean languages of Tablet PC Edition version 1. It
also supports the Windows XP Multilingual User Interface (MUI), which lets
you change dialog boxes, menus, help files, dictionaries, and proofing
tools for each user’s language.
Microsoft has announced that its Recognition
Pack for the following is available. Handwriting recognizers included are
U.K. English, U.S. English, French, German, Spanish (International Sort),
Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese.
Speech recognizers are English,
Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Tablet PC MUI & Recognizer Pack enables users to switch user interface
settings using existing Tablet PC–supported languages (English, French,
German, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese) and a number of
additional languages, including Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian,
Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, and Swedish. Users can install
a handwriting recognizer for Iberian Spanish, in addition to those already
installed for English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese,
and Traditional Chinese. Also, users can install a new speech recognizer for
Traditional Chinese, in addition to those for English, Japanese, and
Simplified Chinese. (Source -
Why doesn't Windows XP Tablet PC Edition recognize more languages.
Microsoft is working on adding more languages. There are also some
excellent third-party programs that will allow a substantial number of
Once I take notes
using handwriting, how can I find them again when needed?
The Tablet PC uses a program that easily does this. Windows Journal
can store data as either handwritten notes or, if preferred, notes can be converted to text.
The search function lets you quickly find what you're looking in either format.
You may also want to they Microsoft One Note, an optiona Office 2003 product.
It's an excellent program that works extremely well with Tablet PCs.
are also third party programs available from places like Agilix and Franklin
Covey that can be used for school assignments, appointments, notes and other
I've already learned
Graffiti®. Can I use
Graffiti® rather than
The Tablet PC has character recognition included with
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Users can input regular characters or
in the manner with which
Pocket PC and
Considering all my mobile gadgets, why
should I get a Tablet PC and use it instead of all the others?
You probably won't replace all your other gadgets with a Tablet PC. It has
many capabilities, however you may find you need other devices as well.
I keep hearing about Mira. Is the
Tablet PC the same thing?
The Tablet PC is not Mira. Mira is
also known as
Displays use a different technology that Microsoft is developing.
Continued development of this product was canceled.
Can I use the Tablet
PC as a remote control for my TV like my Pocket PC?
Although the Tablet PC is capable of many things, this isn't currently one of
Does the Tablet
support cell phone features?
The Tablet PC does not have cell phone
capabilities, although some models will be able to connect via cellular or
Is there a video
camera built into the Tablet PC?
At least one model of the Tablet PC has a built-in video camera for easy of use
What kind of
expansion ports are on the Tablet PC?
Many models include wireless networking, including 802.11a/b/g, as well as additional ports for
firewire, pcmcia cards, networking, connectivity and smart media.
Can I upgrade the
wireless support to 802.11a or 802.11g?
Some models are equipped with 802.11a and/or b, while others are now using
802.11g. Check with the individual manufacturers to see if they'll be supporting
an upgrade to 802.11g. Some newer models are being released with the faster
Can I boot the tablet
with my DOS disk?
The Tablet PC is legacy-free, therefore there is no floppy disk drive included
in the basic unit, although USB and fireware drives are available as well as the
ability to use a pcmcia floppy drive.
Does the Tablet PC
have a scanner built in?
The Tablet PC is made to be very portable
and lightweight. There is no scanner built into it.
Do portable scanners
and/or printers work with the Tablet PC?
Yes. Tablet PCs have additional ports available for connecting
Why don't you have a
cool name for this thing?
The Tablet PC is a term used to cover all versions. The manufacturers have
named their products individually.