UMPC

If it runs Vista, it's a UMPC

Just in time for tomorrow’s Vista launch, Microsoft has updated its UMPC pages, which now bear a new "Windows Vista Ultra-Mobile PC" browser title. The old tagline, "Go Everywhere. Do Everything," has been replaced by the catchier, more accurate "Your Life. At the touch of your finger."

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More importantly, particularly in light of my (and others‘) recent complaints about everything being called a UMPC, are the new hardware requirements, which include (as bullet-point number one) the Windows Vista Home Premium OS. Previous specs (cached here) listed Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, which most handtops being called UMPCs did not have (hence my griping).

There are actually several editions of Vista, not just the one that "makes" a UMPC, but I’m not going to be a stickler . . . even though at this moment Asus, OQO, and Samsung (all listed as official UMPC manufacturers) don’t sell machines with Vista installed, Samsung and Asus actually recommend Vista Business, and Samsung doesn’t offer Vista upgrades.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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4 thoughts on “If it runs Vista, it's a UMPC

  • Avatar of Supp0rtLinux

    Um, OQO *does* sell a device with Vista installed. Its called the 02. :)

    Ironically, though, they are only offering Vista Business… not Home… ironic that Vista Home is a UMPC requirement… hopefully they mean “at least Vista Home”. :)

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  • I *swear* that Vista wasn’t listed as a pre-installed option the other day! It said XP Tablet, Pro, and Home, and Vista Ready/Capable/Certified or something. Maybe they were waiting for the official Vista launch because now Ultimate and Business are both listed.

    Are you upgrading? It’ll be a long time for me. Maybe not even this year…

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  • Avatar of Supp0rtLinux

    I’m not upgrading… either to an 02 or to Vista. I’m running a UX180P that’s doing just fine for me for now. I’m a Cingular/GSM user, so no EVDO for me… CDMA/EVDO is too US-bound for me. I’ll stick with my UX until Sony or another competitor can give me UMTS/HSDPA and a 64/128GB SSD. Then I’ll upgrade my hardware. Sadly, it doesn’t seem the OQO 02 will meet my needs. As for upgrading to Vista, I don’t see the point. We’ve bought three laptops in the last month that all get free Vista upgrades… so I’ll definitely test it, but until I need to buy a new system and it comes pre-installed, I won’t be using it. I’ll stick with XP for now. And for sure… I won’t even consider Vista until the first SP is out… probably summer to fall of 07. The new Athena/Dopod looks like it might make a nice companion device, though… perhaps to replace my Treo. Not sure. If I can get one for under $750, I might get one…

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  • Yeah, I don’t have any incentive to upgrade to Vista either. The Origami Experience looks really nice, but I don’t use the Program Launcher on my Q1P enough to fully appreciate the improvements.

    I can’t wait for the Athena, though I’m concerned about it not sticking with T-Mobile when it makes it the U.S. I’ve been with T-Mobile for about 10 years now and we rarely, if ever, get any good stuff. Not first, anyway.

    Three laptops in a month?! Sounds like a fairytale come true ;)

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