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CNET News.com: Evidence mounts of exodus from Windows CE

Nov 17, 1999, 00:24 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles, Jim Davis)

"Three years after its debut, evidence is mounting that Microsoft's efforts to spread the use of its Windows CE operating system to gadgets are not faring well. The latest clues can be seen here at the Comdex trade show from the likes of Compaq Computer, Sony and Everex, another hardware maker that will stop making devices based on Windows CE, Microsoft's scaled-down OS."

"To boot, Sony yesterday said it was licensing the Palm operating system from 3Com's Palm Computing for use in next-generation handheld devices. 'Microsoft is certainly down right now, about as far as they can go. But that can change,' said Ken Dulaney, vice president of mobile computing research at Gartner Group."

"But Compaq's possible lack of support for Microsoft's entry into a new market is perhaps another sign that the company's efforts to extend the Windows brand 'everywhere,' as the saying goes, are running into roadblocks. Web Companion may also have trouble at another Microsoft stalwart: Dell Computer. Chief executive Michael Dell was waxing eloquent about his company's future at a Comdex event today, but he didn't sound enthused about the prospects of the Web Companion."

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