PC makers envision a Tablet triumph

BEIJING–It looks and acts like a cross between a clipboard and a computer and comes loaded with expectations of single-handedly sparking some life into the slumping PC market.
Microsoft’s Tablet PC will be available on November 7, but the hype is already under way in preparation for the launch.
Last Thursday, the software firm and several of its hardware partners showcased their version of the new portable computers, with Microsoft officials predicting that within five years the majority of laptops in use would be Tablet PCs.
…But not everyone is as bullish on how quickly the devices will catch on. Even some of Microsoft’s partners remain cautious.
Fujitsu spokeswoman June Chin said the Japanese computer maker did not envision Tablet PCs as a laptop replacement, but rather as an addition to its ultra-portable product line.
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