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ZDNet News: MS may try to boost WinCE, Linux-style

Mar 16, 2000, 01:32 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Spooner, Mary Jo Foley)

"Feeling pressure from Linux in the embedded-device market, Microsoft Corp. is contemplating giving Windows CE to some developers for free...."

"For embedded-device markets such as set-top boxes, Microsoft easily could afford to give away the OS to encourage developer support. Licensing fees for a set-top cable box, for example, costs little on a per-copy basis; one source speculated that, in large deals, Microsoft charges less than $1 per copy. Microsoft's revenue comes, instead, on development tools and maintenance contracts, sources said."

"For now, developers say, Microsoft isn't contemplating going so far as to turn Windows CE into an open-source project, which would allow developers to make changes to the source code and share their work with Microsoft and others in the development community."

"Instead, the move will be more of a public relations move, an attempt to capitalize on open source's popularity."

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