In-Stat/MDR reports Tablet PC market will remain partially successful until prices fall.The effort put forth by Microsoft and its hardware partners to introduce the Tablet PC (1) A tablet computer environment from Microsoft that is based on an enhanced version of Windows XP. Designed to function more like a portable writing tablet than previous tablet-based computers, it includes handwriting recognition as well as the ability to retain handwritten words into horizontal and vertical commercial markets, has only been partly successful, according to according to
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3. In-Stat/MDR. A recent report from the high-tech market research firm reports that the device, which was designed to counteract sluggish commercial PC sales, has been adopted in vertical markets, such as health care, real estate, and insurance. However, horizontal commercial markets have been somewhat hesitant to adopt a new PC form factor in a world of slow-growing IT budgets.
"Many vertical markets were accustomed to pen-based computing See gesture recognition and tablet PC. , and saw the Tablet PC as giving them the flexibility of pen-based computing plus access to all software that runs on Microsoft's XP operating system operating system (OS)
Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs. ," said Brian O'Rourke Sir Brian na Murra O'Rourke (1540?–1591), hereditary lord of West Breifne (modern County Leitrim) in Ireland during the later stages of the Tudor reconquest of that country, was proclaimed a rebel and became the first man to be extradited within Britain. , a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "As a result, the vast majority of Tablet PCs that shipped in 2003 went to vertical applications." Within horizontal markets, Tablet PCs are particularly targeted at large enterprises. But, according to O'Rourke, "With limited IT budgets in the early part of this decade, and forecasts for annual increases in the 3% range over the next four to five years, enterprise IT managers have been hesitant to take a chance on a new PC form factor." However, In-Stat/MDR projects that as Tablet PC prices come down over the next few years, and Tablet PC software offerings increase, interest in horizontal markets will rise. Horizontal markets should start to make an impact on this market in 2005, as average selling prices The average sales price of goods or commodities. Especially used in the retail sector and technology distribution. fall below $2,000 for the first time.
--Additional Tablet PC offerings over the past year should have a positive impact on the market. In 2003, Microsoft released Office 2003 with digital ink support, and this summer they will be releasing the Windows XP The previous client version of Windows. XP was a major upgrade to the client version of Windows 2000 with numerous changes to the user interface. XP improved support for gaming, digital photography, instant messaging, wireless networking and sharing connections to the Internet. Tablet PC 2005 Edition that will offer a number of improvements that will enhance the utility of the Tablet PC.
--Tablet PC vendors have been offering enhancements and new form factors to increase their popularity. In late 2003, both Gateway and Acer released Tablet PCs with 14-inch screens and Acer released the first true clamshell notebook with the Windows XP Tablet PC operating system.
--There will be very little consumer interest in Tablet PCs.
The report, "Tablet PCs--Will Businesses Take a Dose of Portable Computing?" (#IN0401152ID), contains five-year unit shipment and revenue forecasts for Tablet PCs. It also contains a five-year forecast for the regional breakdown of Tablet PC shipments. Extensive analysis of Tablet PCs in both horizontal and vertical markets is included, as well as the potential of Tablet PCs in the consumer segment. Also included are profiles of some of the markets' leading players, including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Toshiba, Acer, Motion Computing Motion Computing is a Tablet PC company located in Austin, Texas. All computers produced by Motion are in the slate form factor; current products include LS800, LE1600, LE1700, and C5. , ViewSonic and Fujitsu. The report price is $2,295.