The first big news is the launching of Ultra-Portable PC from Microsoft. Microsoft had gone for a teaser launch like arch-rival Apple where they had developed a site just for the launch. Codenamed “Origami”, it was termed to be the next big thing, a competition to Apple’s IPod.
What was launched today and from the details available, it looks a variation of Microsoft’s Tablet PC. With a seven inch screen, it has a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, a hard disk and tools to send mails, create documents and play games too. In short, it’s the smallest laptop on the move but without a keyboard. There is not much detail available right now except that Samsung and Acer are currently licensed to produce and sell the device in the market.
It looks like a mini Laptop but without the keyboard. It looks like more-hype than substance now but it does not look like people will be rushing to buy it.
Intel has launched a similar device but with a better look and more importantly a keyboard. It does not look bulky from the promotional video and has more information about the device. It is not clear if Intel and Microsoft are promoting the same device.
Whatever be the case, the price of the device will be the key to success. Why should I buy a UMPC when I can buy a laptop with more features at the same cost?