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CNET News.com/Gartner: Commentary: Gateway, AOL deal doesn't mean the end of Wintel

May 31, 2000, 00:20 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Margevicius)

"Net appliance offerings from Gateway and America Online represent another step in the evolution of technology options for consumers."

"Three factors drive this phenomenon: complexity, usage and cost. PCs in their current configurations are still too complex and costly for many consumers, so adoption rates within homes are not nearly as high as they are with other consumer electronic appliances, such as televisions and stereos.'

"For many potential PC customers, the Internet is the only application they want to use. These customers feel that a full-blown PC comes with too much technology, and they would prefer a simpler approach to getting on the Internet. The planned appliances from Gateway and AOL solve the issues of complexity and usage--all at anticipated lower costs."

"Opting for a Transmeta/Linux approach does not mean the end of Wintel, the Microsoft Windows-Intel duopoly, but it signifies a growing market with more types of customers."

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