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InfoWorld: Microsoft looks to right itself with Pocket PC launch

Mar 23, 2000, 18:28 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Trott, Dan Neel)

"Microsoft on Wednesday announced it would launch its revamped Pocket PC at New York City's Grand Central Station this coming April 19. The launch will mark the third attempt by the software giant to perfect its troubled Windows CE operating system."

"...Phil Holden, the group product manager for Windows CE, admitted that Microsoft is currently trailing Palm for market share in the handheld computing arena. Holden said that the re-launch of the Pocket PC, which will be manufactured by companies such as Casio, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard, is an opportunity for Microsoft to re-establish itself in the handheld market."

"New features to look for in upcoming versions of the Pocket PC will include an e-book reader, an MP3 music player, video capabilities, and a application Holden called a "transcriber", which identifies a user's handwriting when etched into the unit, converting it to text."

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