As predicted, Microsoft's mysterious Origami project is simply a hardware reference design for a new generation of small Tablet PC devices now called the Ultramobile PC. First revealed at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in 2004, these devices will run on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and feature 7-inch touchscreen displays. Though touch screen support will be built into the Tablet PC software included with Windows Vista, XP had to be augmented with additional software for this feature to work.
Ultramobile PCs are true tablets, without a keyboard or pointing device. Instead, the onscreen cursor is controlled via a stylus, as with any Tablet PC device. Three relatively unknown companies in the PC realm, Asustek, Samsung, and The Founder Group, will release Origami-based devices between April and June this year