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San Jose Mercury: Microsoft aims new operating system at China's masses

Mar 11, 1999, 16:07 (12 Talkback[s])

"Microsoft Corp chairman Bill Gates unveiled on Wednesday a new operating system designed to bring Internet access to Chinese homes at less than one-fifth the price of a personal computer.

Microsoft's Venus operating system would allow Chinese electronics firms to combine a web browser, low-end personal computer (PC) and video compact disc (VCD) player in a single box attached to a television for people who cannot afford a PC, Gates said.

'Our goal is a very aggressive goal, and that is to introduce millions and millions of people to computers and to the Internet,' he told a news conference in China's southern city of Shenzhen.

The U.S. software maker looked at China's mature consumer appliance market, the incredible popularity of VCDs, the low market penetration of PCs, and the willingness of Chinese parents to invest in their children's education, and found a niche for the Venus system, he said."

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