Platforms Division Partner Briefing
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Here's my rough notes from the first day of the Mobile Platforms Division Partner Briefing which was presented on February 1, 2006. - Chris
Here's some statistics Microsoft provided regarding growth of Mobile PCs:
2004 mid - fastest growing segment - 17% CGAR 2002-2007
Lifestyle Mobiles - Ultra Mobile PCs
They will have specific OS software and components.
They think that this space is $500 price range
More than 1 PC Per Person post Vista
Ultra Mobile Features
Ideal Wearable, conveniently carryable
Chris's Commentary - Keep in mind that there are major trade offs that OEMs make when deciding how small, how long the battery life is and the price. Generally the longer the battery life and the smaller the unit the more expensive the units are.
Top 8 characteristics
Ultramobile PC Notes:
Think that if you are trying to get to machines that have broad interactions - supports pen and ink
Get something rugged enough - Has to be small enough Has to be stylish
Might want to watch a movie when on the exercise bike
The OS is full Windows
They think that touch is important to add to apps - for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Vista
State of Business
If it runs x86 then it's the Windows Mobile Division's teams - not Pocket PCs or Smartphones
Added resistive touch support in 2005.
They will open the Tablet PC OS up to the system builder channel.
Improved Tablet enabled notebooks launching between now and Vista
Kinesis designs at Windows Vista timeframe - Acer C200 - Microsoft created hinge - screen to fold face up - when carrying it around - with Vista there will be a fast resume
Lifestyle PC Opportunities
Generation 1 Lifestyle and Ultra-mobile PCs launching over the next 12 months - includes Tablet PC Features
Haiku vision realized in 2008
Focused on what the partners can build that is cheap and small - component vendors and ISVs
Mobile PC and Tablet PC Features in Windows Vista
Tablet PC Windows Vista Goals
Improve end to end user experience
Improve overall e-mail address experience Web browsing Note taking Form filling
Key Drivers - Reduce repetitive errors and actions - learn from user Improve overall Pen experience with Windows Introduce technology innovations - touch
Improve Deployment and Manageability for IT departments Single image - install one image on desktops, laptops and tablets Group Policy for all features
Pen tapping does not provide enough feedback - made the cursor smaller - get tiny rings around taps
Trouble selecting multiple items - used to have to use ctrl - now a check box shows up. - requires active digitizer - won't work on touch
Extended the tip to add same behavior for showing a auto fill like IE does - now works with ink
Added flicks - up/down/left/right - if they use them they are prompted after 2 weeks to turn on other gestures - Paste undo delete and copy - 8 total - works in touch - user can customize them - supports external digitizer if you desire
Newer snipping tool - with new window where it shows the user the snip where you can annotate and then e-mail or paste it
The tip comes from the left of the screen as a line and moves out when you click on it - it's free floating
Security - logon keyboard for Tablet PCs do not display the keys you tap
Handwriting Recognition Overview
Vista Adds Learning to the Handwriting Recognition
Training the handwriting recognition takes 1/2 hour to do - can train individual words - write it 4 times
Will churn away for 10 minutes to merge the reco ink into the database.
The longer training session is 300 sentences you have to write.
Can transfer the results from one PC to another?
Settings are shared in user profiles - separate for each user.
Right now it's on or off - no incremental way to go back.
API to perform a backup - writing a whitepaper on where files are and how to transfer from machine to machine
English and Asian languages only for personalization - future for other languages
With Asian - implicit learning as you correct languages
Users can report handwriting recognition to Microsoft to be used for future testing
Added press and hold on buttons - doubles the number of functions
Benefit is better for shortcuts than mouse/keyboard
Entreg offers a dual mode digitizer
Touch screen and active active digitizer - demo'd at CES
Touch screen option to use a hovering mouse to target smaller targets - cursor flips around based the location of the mouse icon on the screen. - good for handicapped people with a pen
With pen in range, it turns off the touch digitizer
Microsoft will offer a projector api via wsd to identify the projector and allow you to select it
Initially they will be a dongle and then be built in
Vista Mobility Center
Problems and opportunities - mobile PC users change settings more frequently than desktop users - adapt machines to different environments and usage scenarios
Settings are scattered and not always in discoverable locations
User Experience Goals Single place to change key mobile settings Quickly accessible & discoverable Direct manipulation of settings Not a replacement for control panels
Can use many different displays with projector mode - as soon as you plug in the monitor it goes into this mode.
Vista Power Management
Goals - Simplify the user experience
Blocked Shutdown Resolver - allows the system to turn off the PC - apps we don't care about will be shut - hung apps will end - apps w/o displays will end
Your app will not be able to stop sleep
New power state - hibersleep - marries together hibernate and sleep - this will be the default for desktop in Vista
Driving the concept of sleep further
New battery meter - system tray icon - 10 levels of fill
Out of the box are 3 plans - balanced, power saver, high performance
There is no way to see the charge time in the Power Options in the Control Panel - It's up to 3rd parties to add that feature.
220 x 176 - resolution - menu button, up, down, left, right and enter - Vista Slideshow Demo
I asked the presenter about some common scenarios such as flight mode (they plan to add that), power management (it shuts off on it's own) and button locking (it has a button lock mode). I also discussed my concerns regarding Sideshow just becoming another power sucking device on the Mobile PC and they envision it saving battery if you use it instead of booting your PC. - Chris
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