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ComputerWorld: Compaq creates division for iPaq, may shun Wintel with Internet PCs

Nov 16, 1999, 20:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai)

"Compaq Computer Corp. has restructured its commercial desktop division into two parts, a move that's part of a giant effort to focus on low-cost Internet PCs and devices aimed at corporate customers...

The new division will develop the stripped-down iPaq class of desktop computers unveiled recently, as well as Internet appliances like wireless handheld computers. The other half of the commercial division will continue its focus on traditional PCs, said Jerry Meerkatz, vice president and general manager of Compaq's newly formed Internet Access division."

"Compaq is considering alternatives to using Intel Corp. microprocessors and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software to power those devices. The so-called Wintel platform, which has been the mainstay of desktop computing for two decades, may be too complex and powerful for the type of Internet-based computing that businesses will do in the future..."

"...Compaq's first iPaq device, which is due in the first quarter of next year for $499, will run Microsoft's operating software and come with a choice of Intel's Pentium or Celeron processor."

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