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The Tablet PC Nonrevolution (14 Jun 2004)
One of the reasons that the original Palm Pilot was so successful is that its developers weren’t afraid to experiment with new and frequently simpler interaction paradigms. Palm developed on-screen widgets that were easy to use on a small display amidst a lot of visual distractions. It came up with a fast way to switch between applications and an integrated database that freed users from thinking about files and folders. Yes, you can configure the Tablet PC version of Windows XP to let you enter text anywhere, but Microsoft Word still thinks that you are using a keyboard and a mouse. Word doesn’t know about gestures like proofreader’s marks-things that are easy to write with a pen but nearly impossible to input with a mouse.
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