TOKYO, Sept. 16, 2003 — Today at WPC Expo 2003 in Tokyo, Microsoft Corp. and Toshiba Corp. announced an agreement to deliver Microsoft®
Office OneNote (TM) 2003 preinstalled on all new Toshiba laptops and Tablet PCs worldwide. OneNote 2003, the new digital note-taking program from Microsoft, will be available to customers preinstalled on Toshiba portable computers when the Microsoft Office System is launched Oct. 21, 2003, in New York.
OneNote offers the flexibility of a paper notebook and the power of digital note-taking, and Toshiba portable PCs give users the benefit of advanced mobility features. The combined technology brings a powerful note-taking experience to portable PC users. This natural extension and enhancement of mobile computing is expected to make portables more appealing and useful than ever, and contribute to the growth of portable PC use by information workers, students and others.
“Microsoft shares our commitment to bringing the latest and most innovative features and functionality to our mobile customers,” said Atsutoshi Nishida, director and corporate executive vice president at Toshiba. “We feel OneNote will add tremendous value to our mobile PCs as tools for collecting and managing information. For that reason, we’ve taken the rare step of including one specific application in all of our portables worldwide. Our mutual customers will be the real beneficiaries of our collaboration to bring digital note-taking capabilities to the notebook and Tablet PC experience.”
“We are very excited to work with Toshiba. As a recognized leader in the portable PC market, it is in a unique position to deliver OneNote to the mobile user,” said Jeff Raikes, group vice president of Productivity and Business Services at Microsoft. “We see OneNote as an integral part of the Microsoft Office System — almost indispensable among mobile workers, students and anyone else who takes notes. By preinstalling OneNote on its laptops and Tablet PCs, Toshiba recognizes this value and, out of the box, provides PC users with a portable machine that is powerful and productive.”
Solution Arises From Customer Demand
While global use of the portable PC has grown to the point where it almost surpasses the desktop PC, many mobile workers report that they need better, more-versatile applications for use in mobile situations. In response, Toshiba portable PCs with OneNote preloaded offer users new, more-productive ways to capture, reuse and share information, without giving up the personalization and flexibility of a traditional paper notebook.
“IDC believes that OneNote and tablet computing in general have the potential to change the way information workers interact with their computers. It is another step toward providing a new kind of desktop that integrates related materials more seamlessly,” said Joshua Duhl, research director for Content Management and Rich Media at IDC. “In 2002, Toshiba shipped over 3.4 million portables. Distributing OneNote preinstalled on Toshiba’s portable and Tablet PCs can provide the breadth of exposure that will be needed to generate momentum and effect change in the work habits of knowledge workers.”
The department of communication at Purdue University is one customer taking advantage of this combination. It is using OneNote on Toshiba Tablet PCs to put advanced technology in the hands of students in journalism and communication classes. Students working under tight deadlines use OneNote on Toshiba Tablet PCs to collect information, record interviews and take notes. These notes are shared with others through OneNote’s collaboration features and eventually used to create formal documents for an editor to review and critique.
“At Purdue we are very serious about efforts to integrate technology into student learning. We want them to be ahead of the curve when they leave Purdue,” said Howard E. Sypher, Ph.D., professor and head of the department of communication at Purdue. “The ability of OneNote to flexibly capture different types of information, along with the wireless features and portability of a Toshiba PC, provides our students with a powerful and versatile learning platform.”
Microsoft OneNote will be preinstalled on Toshiba portable PCs beginning in fall 2003. OneNote also will be available as a stand-alone application later this year through a variety of channels, including volume licensing and retail. More information on Microsoft Office OneNote can be found online at http://www.microsoft.com/office/onenote/default.asp .
About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba Corporation is a world leader in the development and manufacture of information and communication systems, electronic devices and components, consumer products and power systems. The company’s ability to integrate wide ranging capabilities, from hardware to software and innovative services, assures its position as an innovator in diverse fields and many businesses. Toshiba has approximately 166,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of over US$47 billion.
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