UMPC's Get Vista Makeover
"Microsoft has rolled out it's Origami Experience. Read on to find out more..."
Published: 1st February 2007 | Source: ars technica |01/02/07
Source: ars technica
With the consumer release of Windows Vista, Microsoft has introduced several new versions of their flagship operating system, including a new release for Origami devices . The new OS version is essentially a stripped-down version of Vista with a user interface designed specifically for Origami handhelds.
Microsoft's Origami project was originally a top-secret device from the labs in Fort Redmond which wound up being known by the more pedestrian moniker of the "Ultra-mobile PC" (UMPC). The UMPC turned out to be a specification for a small tablet computer with a touch-sensitive screen that also acted as a keyboard. Samsung shipped the first model, the Q1, in April of last year, and other manufacturers followed suit.
The new OS upgrade gives these devices a Vista look and feel. However, Microsoft is offering more than just a cosmetic enhancement. A new program launcher, which we previewed earlier this month, turns the UMPC from just a tiny Windows box into a decent media browser and player. Much like Windows Media Center, whose interface it closely resembles, the Origami Experience works as a replacement for the standard Windows Explorer shell. It allows the user to quickly browse through music, videos, and photos, while keeping track of things such as the time, battery life, and WiFi connectivity.
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