Bill Gates (news - web sites), chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft, holds a Table PC at the product launch event in New York City, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002. Tablet PCs combine the full power of the Windows XP (news - web sites) Tablet PC Edit
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Thursday joined top PC makers to launch notebook style computers that let users write on the screen, saying the software maker will not repeat the failed attempts of the '90s to bring handwriting recognition to computing.
About a dozen computer makers, including No. 2 PC maker Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ - news), unveiled their versions of devices using the long-promised Windows XP TabletPC Edition. They are flat computers that let users annotate documents, jot down notes and convert them to text or save them as-is.
The tablet PCs, which run on a Microsoft (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) operating system, is targeted at people on the go, mainly office workers rushing from one meeting to another who need to take notes while using e-mail, presentations and documents.