New Tablet – Lenovo ThinkPad x60

Woo woo! http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/notebooks/thinkpad/x-series/tablet/sitelet.html?re=home_B_us&trac=HPB

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Windows Vista Tablet PC feature review – touch pointer basics

There are several differences between using a pen for input and using your fingertip for input. First of all, your finger probably doesn’t taper down to a pointy-shaped millimeter-wide piece of plastic. In other words, your finger is a relatively large, relatively blunt pointer that isn’t well-suited for the fine tasks that are done so well with a mouse….

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Mobile Connections 2006 wrap-up

Hey all, Rob Bushway of GottaBeMobile did a short InkShow of me demonstrating the new touch input capability of Windows Vista. http://www.gottabemobile.com/AdaptiveMultiTouchHardwareInkShow.aspx The show ended yesterday after 3.5 VERY busy days of meeting and greeting the gathered developer community. Each day, I must have been standing and demoing for 4-5 hours straight, which is unusual,…

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Windows Vista Tablet PC feature review – Win+X hotkey

As mostly experienced users, you probably know about the various Win+ hotkeys that do things on the desktop. Things like Win+E opens an Explorer window, Win+L locks your system. Now, get ready for Win+X, which opens the Windows Mobility Center. WMC is your all-in-one interface for tweaking common Mobile PC features.

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Windows Vista Tablet PC feature review – touch pointer taskbar icon

This is one of the more hidden, yet probably more useful features for Touch. When the large touch pointer fades out, you’re left with the dot cursor. Who can find a tiny little dot cursor on a 1400×1050 resolution screen? Solution? Tap the touch pointer taskbar icon and the touch pointer will appear again.It’s a…

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Installing Office applications on Windows Vista

Be aware of possible “popunder” behavior when installing applications, particularly Office 2007 on Windows Vista. I don’t know if it’s a side-effect of our internal installation tools or just my own methods, but when I install OneNote 2007, Office 2007 or Visio 2007, the setup splash dialog always ends up under the browser I launched it…

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New Tablet Blogger

I know he mentioned this to me, but I forgot to post. Gavin Gear has started blogging and he’s got some great samples complete with code and pictures. Gavin is an InkAnalysis guru and rapidly rising star. Ask him how to ink-enable your blog http://blogs.msdn.com/gavingear/

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Whitepaper: Pen and Touch Digitizer Drivers for Windows Vista

This whitepaper is now available here. It’s very short There probably aren’t a lot of digitizer OEMs subscribed to this blog. However, for the rest of you (software developers), there is good info here. We outline what the digitizer is expected to pass through to you so that when you subscribe to the data stream, you’ll…

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Windows Vista RC1 – stick a fork in it

Windows Vista RC1 is signed off and done – it will be available “real soon now”. Same for the Windows SDK (which contains the Mobile PC/Tablet PC bits). I signed on to connect.microsoft.com and wasn’t able to find either one though. You should be able to download these very soon and the build number is…

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Community chat – it’s maddening

In my continuing efforts to understand my users’ points of view, I am a member of the Connect Vista beta program. I get the same announcements that a lot of you get, such as today’s Windows Anytime Upgrade chat announcement: Dear Longhorn / Windows Vista Beta Tester,  Windows Anytime Upgrade is a feature of the…

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