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Thursday 07 November, 2002


Product Launch

                                                                                                        7 November 2002

                               RM plc launches first Tablet PC for the education market                                

RM plc, the UK's leading supplier of ICT software, systems and services to education establishments, has introduced the
first Tablet PC designed specifically for the UK education market.  RM is Microsoft's lead education partner for
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet edition, which launches today.

The Tablet PC is a new category of handheld computing device that use the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition operating
system.  The Tablet PC combines pen-based computing features, such handwriting recognition, with full Microsoft Windows
XP functionality in a robust, lightweight package.

The RM Tablet PC has been specifically designed for the demanding education environment and features robust industrial
design, integrated wireless networking and long battery life.  At a price point of £799 it is well suited to the
education marketplace - both as an extension of a school's existing infrastructure and, ultimately, as a pupil
productivity device.

Neil Holloway, Vice President of Microsoft EMEA and Managing Director of Microsoft UK, said:

'I am delighted to be working with RM to bring the power of Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition into the UK's
classrooms.  RM leads the field in educational ICT in the UK and is the obvious launch partner for the Tablet PC in
education.  In the RM Tablet PC we have a product that has the potential to change the lives of teachers and pupils.'

Speaking at the UK launch of the Tablet PC in London, Tim Pearson, Chief Executive of RM plc, said:

'The Tablet PC is a notebook, a text book, an exercise book, an organiser and a communications device all in one, and
is as suitable for the primary school pupil as it is the university student.  The potential in the education market is
huge, and our customers have been inspired by the benefits it offers teaching and learning.'

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For further information, please contact:

Mike Greig/Phil Hemmings, RM plc                     08709 200200       
Andrew Fenwick/Fiona Fong, Brunswick                 020 7404 5959      

Notes to Editors:

Microsoft formally launched Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition worldwide on 7 November 2002.
The RM Tablet PC offers integrated wireless networking, a seven-hour battery life and weighs only 1.4kg.  It also
provides connectivity for RM Community Connect and is supported by RM's whole-class teaching services.

RM has piloted the RM Tablet PC with a number of local education authorities, where the reception has been extremely

The RM Tablet PC provides significant new opportunities to integrate ICT into classroom practice:

  * Hand marking work by annotating directly over common computer file  

  * Collecting homework, marking it, and returning it to a pupil's      
    network folder with comments attached.                              

  * Including hand drawn sketches, diagrams and drawings quickly and    
    easily to any assignment.                                           

  * Gathering data and take detailed notes during field trips, in a     
    format that can be used with standard applications software.        

  * Presenting lesson to the whole-class, while facing them, using      
    Easiteach Studio.                                                   

  * Reading and annotating electronic texts during study or             


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