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2  Key Dates  Pen Computers at the height of development  Target audience was the general consumer; hoped to replace the keyboard (Walker, 2001)  Product did not achieve much traction  June 2000, Microsoft reintroduced the Tablet PC (Walker, 2001)

3  Initial goal was to replace keyboards (Walker, 2001)  Laptop hardware had improved enough to allow for tablet PCs  Goal was to improve productivity of workers  Additionally to “replace pads of paper you see in meeting rooms all over the world” (Walker, 2001)  Using laptop in a meeting can be rude  Tablet PCs take away the need to focus on the computer and allow the user to focus on the meeting

4  Research began in 1999  Key People:  Chuck Thacker  Jeff Raikes  Based on earlier attempts at creating the Pen Computer  Microsoft worked with several hardware companies to produce the computer

5  Major Problems  Improving handwriting recognition  Making it work with every Microsoft application and then some  Making it part of the Operating System as opposed to an add on

6  Target Audience was the “knowledge warrior” (Walker, 2001)  Goal was to replace pads of paper with user friendly laptops  Audience began to shift to education and healthcare as well

7 1989-GridPad1991- NCR 3125 Pen Computer 1993 IBM Thinkpad 2001 First Tablet PC introduced

8  Adoption of PCs into the classroom  Beginning of the use PDAs in the classroom  Transition to Tablet PCs

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14  Walker, G. (2001). The microsoft tablet pc. Pencomputing, retrieved December 27, 2008 from  Bricklin, D. (2002). About tablet computing: Old and new. Retrieved December 27, 2008 from  Anderson, J., Schwager, P., &Kerns, R. (). The drivers of acceptance of tablet pcs by faculty in a college of business. Journal of Information Systems Education, 4, pp  Garfield, M.(2005). Acceptance of ubiquitous computing. Information Systems Management, 4, pp  Weitz, R., Wachsmuth, B.,& Mirliss, D. (2006). The tablet pc for faculty: A pilot project. Educational Technology & Society, 9 (2),


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