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E-Commerce Times: Intel Ditches Microsoft OS in New Web Appliances

Jan 06, 2000, 19:26 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul A. Greenberg)

"If there is any doubt about their imminent arrival into American homes, consider recent data from International Data Corporation (IDC) that projects 18.5 million such appliances will ship in the U.S. alone by 2001. That figure is more than the 15.7 million PCs that IDC predicts will be sold this year."

"So what are the advantages to the consumer of an Internet appliance over a PC? Simplicity and cost. The advantage for e-tailers may be a legion of new online shoppers that will join the somewhat limited army of consumers that are already online...."

"Interestingly, these new appliances will use the Linux operating system rather than an operating system from Microsoft. Intel's PCs have been closely linked with Microsoft operating systems since the early 1980s."

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