Origamis are miniature Windows XP tablets

Microsoft’s updated the website for its mysterious and ultra-hyped Origami Project – adding a none-too-subtle clue to the nature of the beast. If you

Microsoft’s updated the website for its mysterious and ultra-hyped Origami Project – adding a none-too-subtle clue to the nature of the beast.

If you look at the source code on Origami project (right click and then hit ‘view source’) you’ll be able to read ‘Origami Project: the Mobile PC running Windows XP’.

That confirms our speculation earlier this week, where we ruminated on the possibility of a handheld PC – somewhere between today’s Pocket PCs and laptop-sized Tablet PCs - capable of music and video, web surfing, online gaming and sat-nav.

As well as new info on the Origami site, details have begun to leak out elsewhere. Like most gear running Microsoft software, the hardware’s going to be made by several manufacturers. The one we know for definite, via a Microsoft spokesperson, is Samsung.

More offical news and product specifics are expected next Thursday (9th March), but in the meantime Intel – a regular Microsoft chum – has set up a site called Ultra Mobile PC and scheduled an event on the 7th March.

According to the Intel site, we can expect to lap up ‘music, video, games, entertainment, internet and TV’. In other words, everything you can do on a laptop but on a lighter, smaller (5-7in screen) and touchscreen tablet. Could the Origamis succeed where the heavy, over-priced computers running XP Tablet Edition failed? We’re crossing fingers and toes.

Related stories

Microsoft hatching mystery mini tablet