Ever since Windows XP Tablet PC Edition debuted in November 2002, Microsoft has insisted that handwriting recognition is not the centerpiece of the operating system's pen-based features. But tweaks to improve the handwriting recognition are the most visible changes in Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 (code-named Lonestar)--the first major revision of the operating system. Overall, it seems to be a good revision, especially as a free upgrade for current Tablet PC owners.
We tested a Lonestar beta running on a Toshiba Port
The new OS will incorporate Windows XP Service Pack 2--Microsoft's major security upgrade (see "Windows XP's Big Security Fix," March 2004)--and will be released simultaneously with SP2, which is slated to appear this summer.