Call it the iBad. Microsoft launched Windows XP Tablet PC Edition in 2002 with an eye to gaining first mover's advantage in the slate market. But the platform proved premature. Shaky handwriting recognition, limited functionality, and expensive components made it a niche product at best for hardware partners like HP. Said Windows guru Paul Thurrott at the time of launch: "I strongly urge any potential customers to seriously consider how, when, and if they would ever actually use the tablet-based features of this product." Not many did.
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