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Chapter 31. The Next-Generation Laptop: ... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

The tablet PC is intended to be a user’s primary business computer and pricing for the systems is typically a few hundred dollars higher than a traditional laptop. The Fujitsu Stylistic ST4000 came in at around $2,199 at the time of writing. For this small additional cost, users get the benefits of a computer that is more portable and usable across a variety of daily tasks and activities. For users who like to take frequent handwritten notes, attend regular meetings, or like to add their own handwritten annotations to existing documents, the additional portability and versatility of a tablet PC will be a powerful advantage over the traditional laptop. Annotation can be performed within a number of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as within emails using Microsoft Outlook.

To use the handwriting feature within these Office applications, users must download the free Microsoft Office XP Pack for Tablet PC from the Microsoft Web site. Developers can take advantage of the software development kit (SDK) for the tablet PC in order to write applications that leverage the platform’s ink and speech capabilities.


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