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Microsoft Unveils 'Origami' Ultra-Mobile PCs

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled plans for a lightweight, ultra-mobile PC form factor developed as part of a project code-named Origami.

The ultra-mobile PC (UMPC), which made its debut at CeBit 2006 in Hanover, Germany, is expected to be priced from $599 to $999. It runs Windows XP Tablet PC 2005 Edition with a new, preinstalled Microsoft Touch Pack and Microsoft's upcoming Windows Vista. The Touch Pack features an enhanced touch-screen user interface for on-the-go computing, Microsoft said.

Several OEMs are expected to release the first batch of Intel-based Origami devices in mid-2006. For example, Founder Electronics and Samsung plan to ship Intel-based UMPCs in the second quarter, and Asus is slated to ship another UMPC shortly thereafter.

At CeBit, Microsoft demonstrated Touch Pack for Windows XP on Samsung's Q1 Ultra-Mobile PC to show the ease of navigation for mobile computing.

TabletKiosk and PaceBlade Japan are expected to roll out UMPCs based on Via Technologies' processor next quarter, according to Microsoft. The Redmond, Wash., software giant said the devices will support work and home entertainment capabilities.

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