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CNET News.com: Microsoft beefs up connectivity for Windows CE

Nov 15, 1999, 17:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles)

"Microsoft today expanded connectivity options for its Windows CE customers, announcing new alliances and technologies at the Comdex trade show aimed at closing the gap with Palm Computing. ... Windows CE is Microsoft's scaled-down operating software for devices of all types, as well as television set-top boxes and Net access terminals.

Although benefiting from the legions of software developers trained to write applications for the Windows interface, Windows CE has been relegated to the sidelines as the company has struggled to simplify the user experience and streamline connectivity options. Today's announcements are aimed at the latter, providing new compatibility with corporate information databases and new wireless Internet add-ons.

In terms of hardware market share, Microsoft has continually lagged behind Palm, which has steadily accounted for 75 percent of the market, according to research from International Data Corporation. But both companies are now laying the groundwork for the future battle, which is likely to take place on smart cell phones connected to the Internet, rather than separate handheld computers."

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