Barmy Origami

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.

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