He still believes in it, yet there is still no clear reason to use the damned thing! Find a niche, people….
After failing to break into the mainstream of computing, the Tablet PC might have been written-off by many, but it still has at least one strong supporter. Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., said Monday he still believes in the form-factor and repeated a prediction that, with better hardware and software, it could still dominate over traditional laptop PCs.
Gates showed prototype Tablet PCs at the Comdex show in Las Vegas in 2001 — a year ahead of their 2002 launch — and at the show said in a company news release, “It’s a PC that is virtually without limits and within five years I predict it will be the most popular form of PC sold in America.”
It’s now a little over three and a half years into the time period he set and to-date Tablet PC has managed to do only marginally better than the now defunct trade show. A handful of vendors market Tablet PCs, but specialist markets like health care account for a large percentage of sales. Other users and those in business have yet to take to the form-factor in a big way…. Source: pcwelt.de