The Tablet PC was the first Windows tablet. Introduced in the early 2000s when XP was the current version of Windows, the Tablet PC was designed like a portable writing instrument. Although anything on screen could be stored as an image, handwriting could be converted to text. Storage was a hard drive.
Microsoft's Own Tablet
Although meant to emulate a a pad of paper, Tablet PCs were not light and never caught on (see below). After SSD-based iPads and Android tablets emerged, Microsoft brought out its first solid state tablets in 2012 running Windows 8 (see Surface tablet
). See Windows tablet
, Ultra-Mobile PC
Tablet PCs from Fujitsu and Electrovaya
Weighing three to four pounds with 20 to 40GB hard drives, Tablet PCs emerged in the early and mid-2000s. The Fujitsu ST4000 (top) used a docking station for the CD/DVD drive, and the Electrovaya Scribbler (bottom) was the first Tablet PC that docked with a keyboard. (Images courtesy of Fujitsu Ltd., and Electrovaya Inc.)