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#EUC1761 done, thanks to all attendees!

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Written by Christoph Harding

October 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 am

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Self testing the Q550 part I

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A few days ago I’ve started to work with a Fujitsu Q550 tablet computer as my main device for the timeframe of a week. I wanted to know if working with a tablet as the only device will work. Well, it works good but it is different to working with a standard Laptop. The Q550 is a real mobile device and it’s fun to travel with it as it is light and very handy because it fits into almost every bag. During the last three days I could do whatever I needed to do with the Q550 but as I already mentioned – it is different. You’ve to rethink about standard tasks as you are working with a digitizer pen or the touch display instead of using keyboard and mouse. It feels a bit strange not controlling Windows with the standard input devices. Compared to IOS there is room for improvement, but Fujitsu already worked on a additional “Touch” interface. Think about it as an Windows Explorer replacement which is actually only an overlay to the Windows desktop. But it’s great as you can integrate your Outlook Inbox into the app and also other functions like a RSS reader. A very good approach but I would add an open API or something similar which could help to integrate other applications. I would love to have my Zimbra client implemented.

All applications worked well, but this is no magic because I still work with a standard Windows OS. I had some challenges with the View Client and my virtual desktop which I haven’t addressed completely yet. The onscreen keyboard isn’t forwarded into the VDI session. This means that if I use the onscreen keyboard on the local Windows installation, the input does not go into the VM. The workaround here was to start the onscreen keyboard on the virtual desktop when I connect to it. Gestures doesn’t work in the session as well but this is no issue to me. At the moment I’m thinking about getting one of these boys to have a proper monitor, mouse and keyboard for my VDI desktop. If this port replicator works I think it will be fun using the Q550 as a thin Client when sitting at the desk. If I can get one of the replicators I’ll write how it works.

In summary I’d say that working with a slate tablet is easy but you need to get used to it first. I love the fact that I can use Microsoft One Note for the first time as I want to use it. The Q550 is so light and its even like writing on a piece paper. Great! It’s brilliant to take meeting notes with the pen.

Now I’m on holidays for two weeks but I’ll still work with the tablet and blog about it… stay tuned.

Written by Christoph Harding

July 24th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

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Working in the cloud for a week – On a Fujitsu Q550 tablet

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Back in April I’ve published a post about VMware View on a brand new Fujitsu Q550 tablet PC. At this time the device was a prototype and I had the chance to test it. It was great to work with it event if it was a prototype. In the last few month was a lot of buzz going on about tablet computers. Almost every vendor released a device but there are a lot of differences between the tablets. First of all the platform and the operating systems. Most of the hardware vendors developed their devices on a ARM based platform but there are also ATOM based computers. One of those is the Fujitsu Q550. It’s not running Android, no there is a standard Windows operating system installed. Yes, that’s true – a standard Windows OS what gives you loads of advantages but also a few challenges. As I’m really interested in how a user can work with a tablet and the cloud only I’ll try this for a week. As the tablet is Windows 7 based I’ve an advantage because I can run my email software Zimbra Desktops as I would run it on my laptop. Good for me as this gives me offline access. Additionally I want to use the VMware View 4.6 client to access my work desktop whenever I’ve a network connection. Let’s see how this all works. :-)

To clarify one point up front – The Fujitsu Q550 is not a consumer device, it was released to match the needs of enterprises.

The Q550 includes some great features which are necessary for using a tablet in the business.

  • Dual digitizer – Touch screen but also a digitizer pen to make notes with Microsoft OneNote for example.
  • Fingerprint reader for authentication
  • SmartCard reader for authentication
  • Changeable battery
  • USB port
  • 2 Cameras for collaboration (Front View and Webcam)
  • Integrated microphone and loudspeaker, earphone plug
  • SD Card reader

From my view this device can easily be handled by IT departments as it is a standard Windows device which can be integrated in the companies Active Directory. You could even use Group Policy Objects or a software deployment software with it.

Disadvantages? Sure! Windows is not optimized for touch tablets! It’s great to have the dual digitizer with the pen as this helps a lot. I’ll also check how a bluetooth mouse and keyboard or a USB replicator will help me when working on the desk.

We’ll see! Let’s get started with testing. You’ll see some posts about my experiences in the next days.

Written by Christoph Harding

July 21st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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