Microsoft has crawled into bed with top vendors such as Compaq and Transmeta to give the world Tablet PCs based on its Windows XP OS.
The tablet-based device is meant to offer the power and functions of a Windows-based PC in a machine the size of a standard piece of paper.
It will have wireless Internet access, and users will be able to write on the screen or retrieve information by using a stylus.
Pricing and spec were not revealed, but Compaq said its tablet PC machine would weigh less than current notebook designs, and would be aimed at business users or those in healthcare, sales or education. As revealed last month, Transmeta will proffer its Crusoe chips for the project.
The Tablet PCs will start shipping next year.
Other OEMs and components companies named today include Acer, Sony, Intel and Toshiba. A full list of these lucky partners can be found here. ®