"Microsoft today revealed more details about its new MSN Web
Companion, one of the first devices designed solely to access a
specific online service and the company's latest hope for turning
around its MSN and Windows CE product lines.
The new Web Companion will run on the Windows CE scaled-down
operating system and is unlike computers or other existing devices
in that it will connect directly to only the MSN service when
turned on. ... The Microsoft Web Companion connects directly
to MSN services, allowing users to access the Internet without
making a series of decisions about software, browsers and Internet
connections. The device will likely be sold through telephone
companies, according to Microsoft."
"The new device is also the company's latest attempt to boost
the struggling MSN and Windows CE groups, although it is the first
time the two product lines have been integrated. Because the Web
Companion, which is expected to be priced below $200, only connects
to MSN, Microsoft is hoping the new line of devices will help boost
stagnant MSN subscription rates."
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