Microsoft Origami UMPCs a huge flop

Posted on Monday, Jun 12 2006 @ 12:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Inquirer calls the Microsoft Origami Ultra Mobile PC concept the company's biggest flop since Windows ME.
I tried out three of the UMPCs that Taiwan's manufacturers were showing at Computex in Taipei, and talked to some of the people who worked on them and are now trying to sell them.

My impression of each of these mobile tablet PCs was the same: they're a bundle of compromises. They try to fill a lot of different roles, but are second best at all of them. The manufacturers have made a valiant first effort, but Microsoft's UMPC blueprint is not ready to be turned into a viable product.
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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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