Almost a year ago, Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect, unveiled a new concept in mobile computing.
While the goal he described might seem overly ambitious to some, many would say that Mr. Gates has the power to bring his Ultra Mobile 2007 idea to fruition.
And it appears that the first stage of this might be coming soon.
What Mr. Gates wants is a series of devices just a bit larger than current handhelds, but capable of running a full version of Windows Vista.
His concept is for a device that will cost less than $1,000, weigh less than 2 pounds, and offer a constant wireless connection to the Internet.
This is a very ambitious goal. There are several ultra-portable computers on the market now, but all of them cost close to three times what Gates envisions.
Sooner Than You Think
In the past few days, rumors have been circulating intensely about Microsoft’s Origami Project.
According to CNET, the Origami Project is the code-name for the mini tablet design that Mr. Gates’ has been talking about.
Microsoft has been actively fueling the hype with a web site devoted to it.
While currently revealing no details whatsoever, this site promises to tell all this Thursday, March 2.
Until then, there is only speculation.