1. It Was the Wrong SoftwareThe vast majority of those who owned tablet PCs throughout the years were running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Although the software performed relatively well for simple tasks, it wasn't as viable for tablets as it could have been. And most quickly realized that Microsoft's option just wasn't best for productivity's sake.
Tablet PCs were all the rage not too long ago. They were devices that some believed, would deliver the touch functionality that was sorely missing from the mobile-computing space. Those devices typically ran Windows XP, featured a physical keyboard, and delivered a largely familiar experience to customers that wanted to perform work with a stylus, rather than a mouse. But over the years, tablet PCs failed to capture the hearts of enterprise customers or consumers. The devices were simply too hard to use, they didn't offer the kind of functionality that customers expect from tablets today, and in the end, the vast majority of them failed miserably. That said, tablet PCs are still around in some corners of the tech space today. They're trying to provide a level of productivity and usability that their vendors believe the iPad can't quite muster. It's a lofty goal, and it's likely one that will miss the mark as more and more companies start offering iPad-like alternatives, rather than stick with the tablet PC idea of mobile computing. But those tablet PCs will follow their predecessors, which failed miserably in the computing space. And they failed for several reasons. Here's a look at the mistakes they made.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
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