What would you change on your Tablet PC?

28 Comments

I love and depend on my Tablet PC with the nice inking capability to get my work done. The next generation of the Tablet OS is on its way and I think it a good idea to solicit ideas from you about your Tablets and what you’d like to see changed with the way it works. If you had a magic wand what one thing would you change about your Tablet, either the hardware or the software? My wish is simple and may be addressed already by Vista- I wish the floating TIP icon would not constantly get in my way when I’m working. Let me know what you would change and when we get enough responses we’ll take a look at what we know about Vista and see which ones are already addressed.

28 Comments

Ian

I’d say being able to ink directly into fields would be a boon.

On the hardware side increased digitizer resolution and elimination of lag.

Bigger screens and higher resolutions. I could use a 15″-17″, 1600×1200 screen.

Craig Mackenzie

Hardware wish. I use (still) HP1000 my reason to upgrade would be native multiple monitor support. I like the small size factor for moving around, but would like to be able to drive a couple of monitors at home & office. Also now that HP is out of the slate market need another vendor or MS in Vista to support a ‘Quicklook’ type utility. Great utility for saving battery life, and quick data access

jk

All good ideas! Pete, Outlook is not ink enabled at all but thank goodness for TEO. Isn’t it interesting to see what some people would consider a non-issue is the killer for another. :)

MiniMage

Two words: START MENU, ARRGHH!

As I’ve mentioned on an Expert Zone chat, I’d like access to the Start Menu no matter where I am on the display…similar to what one can get running blackbox for Windows or certain X Window Managers in UNIX.

In XPTPCE, I have the apps I use most pinned to the Start Menu, and it stretches the length of my screen, meaning I click less to get to what I want. Vista’s got this annoying thing going on with the truncated Start Menu, so it looks like I will lose one of my step-saving techniques. I’m beginning to use ActiveWords more and more every day, so as long as AW works in Vista (not that I have any reason to suspect that AW will even consider being left behind), I suppose I will eventually get over the inconvenience and pretty much stop using the evil Start Menu (I have other issues with it, too; it’s not as easy to rearrange items and folders in it as it was).

Chris Davies

Having all apps ink-enabled would be fantastic, but I’d settle at the moment for an IE plugin that automatically converted text boxes to inkable boxes on-the-fly.

Dana Bostick

I’ve been using TabletPC’s for about a year and a half now. I am a private home inspector.
First was a cheapie NEC VersaPad to test the form factor for my uses. It worked great and I have since moved to a Motion LE-1600. I don’t even own a laptop anymore.
The things I would change are:
1. Make the screen even more readable in daylight. (I work outside part of the time)
I do have the “view anywhere” upgrade on the LE-1600 but it could be better for the additional $300!
2. Make the battery last a bit (or a lot!) longer. I get about 2 to 2-1/2 hours now with the “stock” battery.
“Ink enabled” apps might be cool but I don’t need the functionality for what I do.
Since I make my living with this tool, I am reluctant to get too adventurous with software and follow the various forums and blogs to se what’s happening.

Joe O'Laughlin

I’d like the TIP onscreen keyboard keys NOT to flash so brightly when I tap them.
I know that confirms the key DID get pressed.. But I’m looking right at them, and it is distracting. Spellcheck will confirm if a key is missed.
Thanks for a place to vent.

Joe O'Laughlin

I’d like the TIP onscreen keyboard keys NOT to flash so brightly when I tap them.
I know that confirms the key DID get pressed.. But I’m looking right at them, and it is distracting. Spellcheck will confirm if a key is missed.
Thanks for a place to vent.

Joe O'Laughlin

I’d like the TIP onscreen keyboard keys NOT to flash so brightly when I tap them.
I know that confirms the key DID get pressed.. But I’m looking right at them, and it is distracting. Spellcheck will confirm if a key is missed.
Thanks for a place to vent.

Joe O'Laughlin

I’d like the TIP onscreen keyboard keys NOT to flash so brightly when I tap them.
I know that confirms the key DID get pressed.. But I’m looking right at them, and it is distracting. Spellcheck will confirm if a key is missed.
Thanks for a place to vent.

Joe O'Laughlin

I’d like the TIP onscreen keyboard keys NOT to flash so brightly when I tap them.
I know that confirms the key DID get pressed.. But I’m looking right at them, and it is distracting. Spellcheck will confirm if a key is missed.
Thanks for a place to vent.

Colin Walker

I see what Pete’s saying about ink enabling all the apps but as I’ve said on my blog before, it’s not ink enabling itself that the OS needs but DIRECT INK INPUT! Being able to ink directly in to various fields etc. WITHOUT having to use the TIP.

Definitely direct ink input, all the way.

sett

I’d like a way to input non-human languages with the pen… LaTeX, HTML, PHP, C/C++, IDL, Fortran, Mathematica are the ones I use the most, but a general way of inputting code as fast as the keyboard (I have a slate, and still have to pull out my BT keyboard for coding). I’d like to go paperless AND keyboard-less. :)

Matt Smith

From an operating system standpoint I’m not sure what I would change. I’ve got a grand total of 7 days experience with the Tablet OS. But from a hardware standpoint it’s a pretty simple call. I’ve gotta have better battery life.

Peter Wright

Hey James,

I think your request has already been met; I’ve not had any problems with the TIP icon getting in the way in Vista. In fact, it was only when I read that in your blog entry that it occurred to me that “Hey, that thing is nicer now”.

I’ve already mentioned on my blog a few things I’d like to see, but the main one has got to be for Microsoft to tablet enable all the apps that ship with the OS. Think about it – an ink enabled calculator would be cool wouldn’t it? Ink enabling calculator and contacts would being a GoBinder like experience to those tools which would be great out of the box. Also, surprisingly Windows Mail is not ink enabled and I really think it should be instead of forcing users to buy Outlook 2003 or the entire office suite.

You’ll see a few similar requests when I get around to posting the IE7 overview as well.

Keep up the good work James,

Pete

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