Handwriting Recognition in Windows Mobile

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Those that use Tablet PC know that Microsoft has integrated terrific hand writing recognition software into the operating system. What’s different about Tablet PC handwriting recognition versus that in Windows Mobile, is that in Tablet PC, the whole word is considered rather than each letter. That means, if you forget to dot your “i” or cross your “t,” the system will guess the word you’re trying to write based on the other letters that it can decipher. We’re also hearing that in Windows Vista Tablet PC edition, the hand writing recognition will be even better, with learning capability.

Why doesn’t Windows Mobile use this technology? If the Tablet PC is akin to a clipboard that we used in the old days to take notes, Windows Mobile is akin to a small notepad. Why not built more powerful handwriting recognition into it?

Fortunately, PhatWare has developed CalliGrapher (view our review here) which has terrific accuracy in converting your chicken-scratch into real words on your Pocket PC.

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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.