So then, it’s here. Microsoft unveiled its mysterious Origami Project at the CeBit show in Hanover earlier today.
After all the hype (which naturally I’ve been completely taken in by) I have to say that now it’s “out there”, it’s not actually that exciting. It is, in a nutshell, a tablet PC. It’s got a slightly revised version of the Windows XP operating system, with some enhancements known as the “Touch Pack” to make it easier to operate through a touch screen, but other than that, it’s just a fairly bog-standard machine. Which is a bit dull really.
Mind you, it might make a nice substitute for a laptop, and it’d be a bit more usable than a Pocket PC. I dare say it’ll fill a certain niche.
I’d still rather have an Apple version though. I can just envisage a beautifully designed and made tablet Macintosh. Mmmm, lovely. I hope the rumours of such a machine are true. There are allegedly a number of patent applications submitted by Apple for a touch-screen device. These may just be for some kind of touch-screen video iPod, or maybe (just maybe) for a tablet computer. That really would be something.