I'm preparing to purchase a Tablet PC and I have a few questions about Chinese language input that I have had trouble finding answers to. I hope someone here can help me!
1. If I purchase a Tablet PC in the U.S., I assume I will be able to input Chinese using the multi-language pack. But will I also be able to use Chinese speech recognition? If not, is there a way to install that function short of purchasing the Chinese edition of Windows Tablet PC and reinstalling the operating system?
2. On my current laptop, I input Chinese using Microsoft's pinyin Input Method Editor. Basically, it allows me to write Chinese characters by typing how they sound and then picking among several options that show up on a bar. This is great and it actually allows me to input Chinese much faster than if I had to draw the characters myself. Basically, it's faster than trying to remember all the intricate strokes in some of the characters. In fact, I understand that many Chinese who spend most of their time typing Chinese this way are forgetting how to draw the characters themselves!
I have two questions.
First, can I still use this IME on a Tablet PC when working with a keyboard?
Second, can I use this IME when using the pen? I know the pen allows me to draw the Chinese characters directly, but I would actually prefer to continue writing phonetically and letting the computer show me the characters!
Thanks in advance for any help!