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CNET News.com: Microsoft details Web Companion

Nov 15, 1999, 18:04 (12 Talkback[s])
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"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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