The Asus R1F was also on display. I really like everything about this Tablet
PC. The 12" widescreen give just enough additional gives
just enough screen real estate that you notice the difference as
soon as you start working on it.
The Toshiba R400 in its bright white case is
certainly another attention grabber.
Looking rather stodgy in appearance, the
Lenovo x60T makes up in usability for what it lacks in flash.
I'll take that over appearance any day. The x60 that I use
daily has been a workhorse. No other Tablet has come close
to full usability in a light weight package. All I can ask
now is that the add Tablet functionality to the 61 series.
I can't wait!
Wacom's booth had several on display as well
as their touch/in monitor. This is what people have been
asking for. Hook up a Tablet PC or a desktop running
Windows Vista to this monitor and use the monitor as you would
your Tablet. Use ink, or touch on a large screen.
Wacom had a couple of designs on display, from a 19 inch model
up to the one we'd all want if we could afford it - a 21.3 inch
We've seen a lot of requests for a graphics
tablet that can be used without having to write or draw on one
screen and view it on the other. Wacom has met these
For more information, check
http://www.wacom.com/cintiq/index.cfm and see what all
features are included.
The Certified for Windows Logo program has a lot
of products that will make choosing the right add-on to work with Windows Vista.
This is going to be a boon for consumers who aren't sure what will work with
their new operating system. Manufacturers must pass several tests before
being certified. Here are some photos of just a few of the products that
are already certified.
Although I'm not fully comfortable when someone
starts talking about Windows Server, I've been on both the Windows Server 2003
and the Longhorn beta and have learned how to at least get around what's now
known as Windows Server 2008. It was interesting watching the keynote
yesterday to see what some folks from Microsoft had to say about it.
They're confident that Windows Server 2008 is the best product yet. I'm
not going to disagree with them.
Windows Server 2008 isn't going to be for
everyone. It's a solid product for enterprises, businesses and anyone else
who feels that they may need a server package that does it all.
There are other Server products like Small
Business Server and soon Windows Home Server for consumers who need a simple and
uncomplicated way to back up their data without worrying about how to do it. If
the price point is reasonable for the service it will provide, I'll definitely
be recommending one for home users and smaller businesses.
At the WinHEC Exhibit Hall, I checked out a few
prototypes for Windows Home Server. If price point stays affordable for
the average home user, this could be a very big seller. Hopefully, the
OEMs won't price themselves out of the market.
After the show, we headed over to a reception
hosted by AMD and Waggener Edstrom at the Figueroa Hotel. Food and drinks
were plentiful. I had met Scott Carroll during a meeting at the show.
He's replaced Chris Aarons who did a great job of getting bloggers and other
influential Web sites on the radar or AMD. It's definitely a win-win scenario
when a company recognizes that it's not always only the big guys who can make a
difference. Scott plans to continue and expand the great work that Chris
After we left the reception, it was
off to Universal Studios where the Windows Server 2008 team hosted us to full
access to the Back Lot, including food, drinks, displays, attractions and rides!
I got to introduce John Obeto to the Jurassic Park ride. He was so busy
looking at the big T-Rex that we were halfway down the drop before he realized
what was happening. Then, we did it again with Steve Bink in tow.
The second time was a bit more wet than the first, but we managed to get through
it. Too bad the photo booth was closed, because the picture of them was
The photos below are from Universal,
with the Backdraft exhibit the only place we could really get any decent photos
Bill Gates' keynote
at WinHEC 2007 announced a couple of things of interest.
The first, although not directly related to
Tablet PCs, is that there will be other partners joining in
creating computers running Windows Home Server. This is
something I'm especially interested in as I think Windows Home
Server is a great companion to any of us who use portable
devices. Being able to access your information on a
storage device from across the room or across the internet
without having to have deep server knowledge is a boom to
consumers as well as anyone having more than one computer or
limited storage space. I'm tracking a couple of these down
for review and will keep you posted as to how they're working.
I will say that I have a computer running
Windows Home Server at home, although it's a computer that was
just sitting at home not doing much of anything rather than a
device made just for WHS. I'm impressed with it and think
that we'll all benefit from it. Personally, I'm happier
having my information safely stored at home as opposed to having
it floating around in the clouds. I'm just not sold on the
technology there, yet, although I can see it will have great
benefits to people who may not have access any other way.
Another announcement was that Longhorn Server
will now be known as Windows Server 2008.
For all the news from WinHEC, check
I'm going to be going to the show floor today
and pass on the interesting things shown there. Hardware
is always a fun thing to check out. I want to get a closer
look at AMD's new video card just announced. The demo
I also had a meeting with AMD to see how
things are evolving with Tablets and AMD CPUs. I'll also
be staying in touch to hear more about GPUs and Tablets.
it's certainly one of the weaker points in Tablets, and
hopefully ATI will come up with the right solution!
Due to a 'foul'up in communications, I missed the Dodger game.
I had been looking forward to going, but after the fourth sequence in a series
of events, I decided that it just wasn't meant to be. After not getting
any sleep on Sunday night due to a very early flight (and on standby at that),
and the great dinner on Monday night, it was time to catch up on some sleep.
Since I'm not staying at one of the official show hotels, the swag that was
delivered to rooms wasn't sent to us (not surprisingly), but I'd love to have
one of the baseballs that were given at the game. If you have an extra
one, let me know! :)
Monday night we had an invitation to attend a
dinner at Roy's Restaurant hosted by Nick White, Windows PMG. Special
guests were Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President, Windows Product Management, and
Bill Laing, General Manager, Windows Server Division. Other press
attendees were Mary Jo Foley from Microsoft Tracker, Paul Thurott, WinIT Pro,
David DeJean, Information Week-CMP, and Joel Santo Domingo, PC Magazine.
A couple of Microsoft Featured Community members
were also invited. I was there for TheTabletPC.net and John Obeto from
SmallBizVista.com, Larry Richman from IT Pro, Steve Sinchak from
stevesinchak.com joined Nick and Brandon LeBlanc from The Windows Experience
The food was outstanding. It was a treat to
relax with these people from Microsoft and other venues. No one seemed to
have any agenda other than getting to know the others. Time flew by way