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Computer Shopper: AOL Everywhere, With Gateway's Help

Jun 20, 2000, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil Randall)

"Recognizing that a good Internet appliance is a combination of a fitting form factor and compelling content, Gateway and America Online have joined forces to create a family of home devices. The Linux-based systems will all run a specialized version of AOL called Instant AOL, which will be immediately available when the devices are powered on."

"Three form factors will be on hand: a countertop appliance, a desktop appliance, and a wireless Web pad. Each will cost under $500. The devices should start hitting the market by year's end, although the Web pad probably won't be available until early 2001."

"Do these appliances portend the end for PCs? Don't count on it. Gateway's Spelich explains that they are highly complementary to the PC. "Some-where in the networked home you'll need a PC as a server to let you use these devices simultaneously and in all rooms," he says. Still, there's no question that if anyone can possibly change the perception of the limitation of Internet appliances, AOL, with its 22 million members, can."

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