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InfoWorld: Microsoft places bet on PocketPC

Apr 17, 2000, 17:10 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Briody, Ephraim Schwartz)

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"MICROSOFT WILL finally unveil the third version of its Windows CE operating system for palm-size handheld devices next week at Grand Central Station in New York, and if initial analysis is any indicator, Palm may have some serious competition on its hands."

"As it has done in the past with other operating systems, Microsoft has used the first two versions of WinCE, now called PocketPC, to refine the product, analysts said."

"Microsoft has owned up to the shortcomings of its first two attempts at replacing the Palm atop the handheld world. And the company has placed a tremendous amount of importance on this third effort, going so far as to say that if they fail this time they will have to go back to the drawing board. In the meantime, some of Microsoft's best hardware partners are still keeping their distance."

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