If Tablet PC functionality wasn't on you wishllist last time you purchased a notebook PC, you're not alone. Tablet PCs made up 1.3 percent of overall notebook sales in 2004, according to IDC.
A lack of applications that use the "pen" functionality, similar to a touch screen, could be to blame. So Microsoft earlier this month released a free "Experience Pack".
It offers users a collection of applications that use the tablet's pen capabilities. Think crossword puzzles (you get a new one every day for the next three years!), drawing applications or the capability to easily exchange video and music between your PC and Tablet.
The applications look nice, but none of them has the appeal that would cause me to pick a tablet the next time I'm buying a portable computer. Especially not when tablets are still priced about $100 higher than their non-tablet counterparts.
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