Microsoft Windows for Pen Computing was a software suite for Windows 3.1x, that Microsoft designed to incorporate pen computing capabilities into the Windows operating environment. Windows for Pen Computing was the second major pen computing platform for x86 computer tablet PCs; GO Corporation released their operating system, PenPoint OS, shortly before Microsoft published Windows for Pen Computing 1.0 made in 1991 and released in 1992.
The software features of Windows for Pen Computing 1.0 included an on-screen keyboard, a notepad program for writing with the stylus, and a program for training the system to respond accurately to the user's handwriting. Microsoft included Windows for Pen Computing 1.0 in the Windows SDK, and the operating environment was also bundled with compatible devices.
Microsoft published Windows 95 in 1995, and later released Windows for Pen Computing 2.0 released in 1995 for this new operating system. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition superseded Windows for Pen Computing in 2002. Subsequent Windows versions, such as Windows Vista and Windows 7, supported pen computing intrinsically.
- The Unknown History of Pen Computing contains a history of pen computing, including touch and gesture technology, from approximately 1917 to 1992.
- About Tablet Computing Old and New - an article that mentions Windows Pen in passing
- Annotated bibliography of references to handwriting recognition and pen computing
- Windows für Pen Computer (German)
- Windows for Pen Computer (German link above translated by Google)
- Notes on the History of Pen-based Computing (YouTube)