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Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition: An Overview Chris Shelley Test Engineer Tablet PC Team Microsoft Corporation. Objectives. Provide a feature overview of Microsoft ® Windows ® XP Tablet PC Edition Explain hardware offerings from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)

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Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition: An OverviewChris ShelleyTest EngineerTablet PC TeamMicrosoft Corporation

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  • Provide a feature overview of Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition

  • Explain hardware offerings from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)

  • Discuss technical support and troubleshooting

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  • What is Tablet PC?

  • Features Overview

  • Hardware Form Factors Overview

  • Common Troubleshooting Tips

  • Technical Support Overview

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What Is Tablet PC?

  • A full-featured computer running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, a superset of Windows XP Professional

  • A highly mobile computer that enables new usage scenarios

  • A powerful platform enabling a new generation of business applications

Windows XP

Tablet PC


Tablet PCComponents

Service Pack 1

Windows XP Professional

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Features Overview - Software

  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition adds the following features to Windows XP Professional:

    • Pen input

    • Ink controls

    • Gesture recognition engine and APIs

    • Handwriting and speech recognition engines

    • Windows Journal

    • Tablet PC Input Panel

    • Sticky Notes

    • InkBall

  • Also available: Microsoft Office XP Pack for Tablet PC (Tablet Pack)

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Windows Journal

  • Tools permit powerful note-taking ability and collaboration

  • Six primary tools:

    • Pen

    • Highlighter

    • Eraser

    • Selection Tool

    • Insert/Remove Space

    • Flag

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Insert/Remove Space



Selection Tool


Windows Journal (3)

Pen Toolbar

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Enter text into programs and control your computer

Tap Input Panel in the taskbar to open Input Panel

Enter text in Input Panel three ways:

Tap characters on the on-screen keyboard

Enter handwritten text on the writing pad

Enter text using the dictation feature within the speech recognition component

Input Panel

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Input Panel (2)

  • Switch quickly between Writing Pad and Keyboard

  • Use Quick Keys, Symbols Pad, and Character Recognizer

  • Tap Send to manually insert as text or ink

  • Open the Tools menu for additional functionality—including Speech—and advanced settings

  • Use Gestures as shortcuts

  • Maximize writing area by using Write Anywhere

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Writing with Input Panel

  • Write naturally

  • Use the baseline like a line on paper

  • Do not wait after each word

  • Use two lines for continuous input

  • Make sure the insertion point has focus in an application

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Use the same way as a paper sticky note

Write or record your voice

Keep in a single stack

Copy into other programs

Import or export the stack

Drag into applications that use OLE technology

Sticky Notes

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  • Play this pen- and ink-enabled game

  • Increase pen usage proficiency

  • Guide balls into holes using ink strokes

  • Get the highest score!

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Office XP Pack for Tablet PC

  • Use your handwriting in Word documents, e-mail messages, and more

  • Outlook® 2002

    • Write ink e-mail messages

    • Insert meeting information into a Windows Journal note

    • Convert ink into an Outlook appointment, contact, or task

  • Word 2002

    • Insert ink writing or a drawing area into a document

    • Write ink comments in Word comment bubbles

  • PowerPoint® 2002

    • Use ink annotations during a slide show or in edit mode

  • Excel 2002

    • Add ink annotations to spreadsheets

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Features Overview - Hardware

  • All Tablet PC devices will include the following hardware attributes:

    • Electromagnetic digitizer and pen

    • Optimized power states

    • Screen rotation support

    • Free of old hardware

    • Hardware buttons for logging on to Windows and doing additional tasks

    • Support for surprise undocking

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Hardware Designs

Convertible Models

Slate Tablet Models

  • Docked Mode

  • Both will enable access to full keyboard, monitor,

  • and mouse

  • Both enable multi-monitor configurations

  • Laptop Mode

  • Convertible: Attached keyboard

  • Slate Tablet: Detachable keyboard

  • Tablet Mode

  • Convertible: Keyboard folds away

  • Slate Tablet: Thinnest and lightest design

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Aplux Communications Ltd.

Compal Electronics Inc.




Fujitsu Siemens






Motion Computing




Windows XP Tablet PC EditionOEM Partners

  • Network Tech AB

  • PaceBlade Technology

  • QDI

  • Quanta

  • Research Machines PLC

  • Sharp

  • Siltek

  • Sotec

  • Tatung

  • Time Group Ltd.

  • Toshiba

  • Twinhead

  • ViewSonic

  • Viglen Limited

  • WalkAbout Computers

  • Wistron Corporation

  • Xplore Technologies

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Adobe Systems Inc.

Agilix Labs

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.


Autodesk Inc.



Corel Corp.

Dassault Systemes

Eclipsys Technologies Corp.




Windows XP Tablet PC EditionISV Partners

  • Groove Networks

  • Hanwang Technology Co.

  • iSoft, Inc.

  • Iteration Software Inc.

  • Keylogix International Ltd.

  • Leszynski & Co.

  • Microsoft Office XP

  • Microsoft Visio

  • SAP

  • ScanSoft, Inc.

  • Siebel

  • Stentor Inc.

  • WebEx Communications Inc.

  • Zinio Systems Inc.

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Tablet and Pen Settings

  • Customize behavior to suit your writing hand

  • Calibrate the screen to increase pen input accuracy

  • Configure screen orientation options

  • Additional power management options

  • Assign actions to Tablet PC hardware buttons

  • Change pen interaction settings

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Tablet PC Buttons

  • Enable full mobility

  • Maximize secure computing

  • Increase efficiency

  • Optimize personal tailoring

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Common Troubleshooting Tips

  • Maximize battery life

  • Improve pen accuracy and results

  • Get better handwriting recognition results

  • Use what you know: a superset of Windows XP Professional

  • Stay current with Windows Update

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Technical Support

  • Contact the Original Equipment Manufacturer for support with your Tablet PC

  • Microsoft Tablet PC Web site

    • Links to white papers, how-to articles, downloads, etc.


  • Microsoft Tablet PC Community and ExpertZone


      • Server:



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Additional Resources

  • Tablet PC Platform SDK


  • Additional Tablet PC Developer Resources


  • Office XP Pack for Tablet PC


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