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Windows Vista also offers handwriting recognition to those who

either use a tablet with their computers, or use a Tablet PC. These

tablet features are offered in the Ultimate and Business versions of

Vista and come preloaded into any Tablet PC laptops. For those

with a Wacom tablet, or similar solutions—these features add

another layer of interaction with the computer. You can now write

directly into ink-capable applications such as OneNote and

Evernote, even Outlook and Microsoft Journal. Windows Vista

indexes your handwritten notes allowing you to search and sort

your handwritten data, just as easily as data traditionally typed

through keyboard. Handwriting input is done through a Tablet

Input Panel (TIP) which is now an integral part of Vista—TIP can

also dock and hide to the edges, making it both accessible and out

of sight. TIP can be used to enter handwritten text into any pro-

gram or text box which takes text entry. The manner in which the

program enters the information will depend on whether it is

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“handwriting-aware”. Programs that support handwriting will

take in the scribble directly, those that don’t will “translate” what

you have written to traditional text. Handwriting recognition

under Vista is more accurate than under previous versions; it also

learns your writing as you use it more often. Learning is done

transparently as you correct aspects of your scribble that the sys-

tem recognizes incorrectly. Vista also adds a new element called

‘flicks’ to the navigation paradigm. Flicks are essentially gestures

which ask the operating system to perform certain tasks. For

example you can flick your pen up to ask a program to scroll up;

flicking downwards will scroll down. You can also define your own

flicks—this can be done through the Control Panel, under the Pen

and Input Devices section.

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Nooperatingsystemcan leave searchbehind, orworse, treat it as

an afterthought. While Windows Vista no longer offers the

extremely ambitious database-based WinFS file storage solution,

the search features of Vista are pretty good

Search

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We have a problem with data—there is too much of it. With

increasing bandwidth leading up to the Internet, the amount of

data one can come across can easily cross multiple gigabytes per

day! Even e-mail solutions provide multiple gigabytes of storage

space—it’s not just a marketing message anymore: storage space

is cheap, data creation is cheaper, and the only thing that will

take its toll on us would be making sense of it all. But before we

can actually evaluate the multitude of data constantly streaming

to our digital doorstep, we need to first find it. Not a small task

in itself; in fact, it pretty much defines the old adage of looking

for a needle in a haystack. How do you find that one song you feel

like listening to in a library of three thousand? How much time

will you need to spend looking for that one important e-mail

from that person whose name you can’t recall—wasn’t it sent

sometime last week? Search has taken the spotlight in this data-

glut. The most famous and successful brands of recent times are

all about search—imagine an entire multi-billion dollar industry

just revolving around this simple concept of looking for what

you need to find.

Not only does Vista offer a comprehensive tool to fashion your

search query, it also ensures that you have multiple points of

access to this very powerful tool. Let’s then take a close look at the

search features offered by Vista, and the various elements that go

into making Search work.

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