Microsoft shows off new tablet OS

Microsoft shows off new tablet OS

LAS VEGAS'At this week's 2005 Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft Corp. demonstrated the newest version of its tablet PC operating system.

Like its predecessor, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 builds on Windows XP Professional, extending the core operating system with capabilities that support direct pen input, handwriting recognition, speech input and the tablet PC form factor. It includes a redesigned Tablet PC Input Panel that enables ink-to-text functionality, as well as better integration with Microsoft Office programs such as Word 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Outlook 2003 and OneNote 2003.

The new tablet OS offers better capabilities in handwriting recognition and a new platform for developing digital ink-enabled applications. With systems running the new OS, users can now write e-mail and documents by hand, and the advanced recognition engine does a much better job at recognizing and discerning the text. With a digital pen, users can create text anywhere in Windows XP and Windows-based programs. Microsoft officials showed how workers can now annotate PowerPoint slides in either Edit or Slide Show mode. In Slide Show view, users can circle items or draw diagrams during the presentation to add emphasis. Notations can then be saved or deleted.

Tablet PC 2005 also supports speech recognition. Users can control programs with speech instead of a mouse, keyboard or pen, or they can convert speech to text in Windows applications.

The OS comes with Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technology (SP2), which provides an enhanced security infrastructure that helps defend against hackers, viruses, and other security risks, along with increased manageability and control for IT professionals.


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