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CNET News.com: Everex abandons palm-sized PC line [and Windows CE]

Nov 17, 1999, 00:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles)

"Manufacturer Everex became the latest defector from the Windows camp, as the company confirmed it has effectively discontinued its line of palm-sized PCs based on the Microsoft operating system.

Everex has abandoned plans for the Freestyle 540, a color-screen device announced last March but never brought to market. In addition, the company is discontinuing the monochrome palm-sized devices it introduced last year, a company representative confirmed.

Everex is showing no handheld devices at all in its booth here at the Comdex computer trade show, which is otherwise rife with new devices and appliances designed to organize information and access the Internet. The company had long been rumored to be shutting down its Windows CE-based product line operations.

Although Everex was never a heavy hitter in the handheld market in terms of sales volume or design innovation, the news is another blow for Windows CE, which has struggled to make a dent in Palm Computing's market-share dominance. Microsoft has lately been keeping a low profile as it prepares for Windows CE's next update, but Everex's exit--coming on the heels of Philips's recent discontinuation of its Nino device--brings unwanted attention to the company's operating system for scaled-down Internet appliances and handheld computers."

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