The UPMC is a great concept, but the history of computing is littered with poorly implemented really good ideas that never saw that light of a second generation because the first one failed so badly.
M$ is a software company, but it took the lead in this project, "partnering" with hardware companies to decide the form factor and capabilities of the UMPC (Otto Berkes does work for Microsoft, after all). Individual manufacturers may, of course, provide whatever features
they wish, but the original "vision" appears to be a creation of Microsoft.
I think I'm beginning to agree with the "jack-of-all-trades" school. What exactly is it for? I know I could watch a movie on it, but that means pluggin it into my PC and transfering the movie then watching and deleting it then doing it again the next time
I want to watch a movie. And after watching the movie I'd have to shut it down really quickly because the battery would be nearly dead (couldn't watch "The Godfather" at all, it would die right after Sonny did).
I think it would be great as "portable Internet" but have a hard time finding people who agree that it should have integraded EDGE (or whatever) connectivity. I know it's all propriatary, but I don't want to rely on my cell phone being present/charged if I'm
going to use this thing throughout my day to connect to the Internet. Maybe M$ could have spent some of it's time trying to get the cell phone companies to agree on a wireless Internet standard. It could be the
HHGG if it could stand on its own, but it seems that you have to connect it to something to get it to do anything interesting.
I also wonder why Microsoft released it now, less than a year (supposidly) before the release of Vista. That seems to me to be one more strike against people buying it right away (the other being a distrust of first generation devices), and if it doesn't sell
a lot right away the apps and other goodies won't appear and there will be no good reason to buy it later on.