According to Web Pro News, pen computing has been around since the early 1980s. However, it was not until the 2002 that pen computers were reborn as "tablet PCs," enjoying increased publicity and sales.
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Early Pen Computers
A company called Pencept is often credited with creating the first pen computer. In 1985, Pencept partnered with CIC to create a line of PCs that used handwriting recognition technology.
Windows Pen Computing
Microsoft attempted fusing pen computing with the PC Windows Operating System in the early 1990s, but the "Pen Services" application had limited feature and sold few copies.
Tablet PC Branding
In 2002, Bill Gates and the Microsoft Corporation effectively invented contemporary tablets when a digital pen interface was finally well-integrated into the Windows Operating System, and the term "tablet PC" was coined.
Portable Tablet PCs
Though the first models were desktop-based, tablet PCs became portable almost immediately after Microsoft coined the term in 2002. Early portable tablets were bulky and had limited battery life, but smaller tablets were soon produced.
Integrated Tablet PCs
Full tablet PCs are now integrated into portable devices such as cell phones, offering touch-screen computing, word processing, web browsing and more, completely integrated into a pocket-sized device.
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