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Bill Gates' vision of an ultramobile PC seemed like a winner: a device withallday battery life, yet small enough to fit in a pocket and much cheaper than alaptop.

But as devices begin to valentino shoes sale come out ayear later, reality still trails Microsoft's ambitions. The first generation ofdevices, being announced Thursday and already featured on Microsoft's site, arebigger, pricier and more power hungry than the software maker had hoped.

Microsoft acknowledges that instead of a massmarket hit riding a wave ofprelaunch hype, these devices are likely to appeal only to the most hardcoregadget fans.

"This is definitely our first step in looking at the area of ultramobilePCs," said Mika Krammer, a Windows marketing director for Microsoft's mobileplatforms.

Over the last year, several PC makers have been readying minitablets underthe Origami code name. These minitablets are capable of running Windows XP alongwith a "Windows Touch Pack" that allows the devices to be more easily controlledusing fingertip input. Microsoft expects that "gadget geeks" will make up mostof the early buyers of the devices, which weigh roughly two pounds, pack a 7inchscreen and cost around $800. The devices that begin shipping in April are likelyto be more of a niche product, he said.

That's a far cry from the "dream" machines some envisioned when Gates

In some ways, Microsoft has been the victim of its own success and some wildspeculation. Rumors circulated that the company might have a portable Xbox oriPod killer in the works. Although Microsoft had hoped a teaser site wouldgenerate interest ahead of the launch, it had no idea it would create .

"We had anticipated some interest in what we were doing, but this hasreceived a lot more interest than we expected," Krammer said.

In search of a market

The initial devices run the Tablet PC edition of Windows XP, along with the"Touch Pack," which includes new software for playing back media, as well as a"program launcher" that makes it easier to find and run programs stored on thedevice. New settings so make scroll bars and icons bigger and more easilynavigated by a fingertip. Text can also be input using two thumbs via anonscreen keyboard. The software includes the popular puzzle game, Sudoku.

The Origami specification doesn't require any kind of wireless connectivity,but many of the devices will have WiFi, Bluetooth or both. There is also thepossibility of a cellular data modem, which would provide an option for thedevices to be soldand partly underwrittenby wireless carriers. Of course, suchwireless technology also adds to the cost of valentino shoes making thedevices.

Intel, too, sees a bigger market if the industry can produce smaller deviceswith better battery life and a lower price tag. It showed its concept devices onTuesday at its annual Intel Developer Forum.

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