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CNET News.com: Microsoft considers giving Windows CE license to developers

Mar 17, 2000, 01:20 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft is considering giving away Windows CE licenses to developers, sources said today, in a bid to spur hardware manufacturers to use the floundering software."

"Windows CE is a scaled-down operating system used in devices ranging from handheld computers to Internet appliances and smart cash registers. What Microsoft is considering, sources said, is removing the licensing fees hardware and software makers pay the company to use the operating system in products such as bar-code scanners and "smart" gas pumps, for example."

"The move comes as Microsoft continues to struggle to find a niche for the operating system. Since its launch two years ago, Windows CE has been dogged by customer complaints that it is buggy, bloated and ill-suited for the small and inexpensive devices and appliances it was intended to power. In the handheld market, the company repeatedly has repositioned and tinkered with the operating system after failing to grab market share from Palm."

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