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InfoWorld: Microsoft innovates the most devious market killer since Windows

Apr 03, 1999, 23:55 (17 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft is working with Intel on a new motherboard design called the Winboard. A Winboard is a complete PC on a single motherboard that works on the same principle as a Winmodem. Like a Winmodem, many of the tasks that normally would be processed by special purpose chip sets are instead handled by the operating system and software drivers. And like a Winmodem, you must be running Windows in order for the hardware to work."

"The benefit of this design is that you get a much cheaper motherboard, because there are far fewer chips involved and no need for expansion slots."

"Winboards will be so cheap in large quantities that you can expect traditional motherboards to disappear within a few years."

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