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IDG.net: Microsoft expects Venus to flower in China

Jul 28, 1999, 00:39 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clare Haney)

"Microsoft is expecting that the first Windows CE-based set-top boxes designed specially for use in Mainland China will begin to become generally available by the end of this year..."

"Known by the codename Venus computers, the devices allow Microsoft and its hardware partners to target the many millions of Chinese who are currently unable to afford computers, but are keen to hook up to the Internet."

"...Beijing-based Microsoft China Research and Development... is hoping the devices will be priced below 2,500 renminbi (US$302). ...the price of Venus computers will be set by the manufacturers of the devices, not by Microsoft, which is only contributing the operating system and initial applications for Venus. ...embedded software includes a simple word processor based on Microsoft's Pocket Word software, the vendor's Pocket Excel spreadsheet application and a series of games and learning tools..."

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