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Jun 25, 1999, 19:59 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Be Incorporated appears to be gaining popularity as a way for computer makers to build an ultra-cheap computer without paying the 'Microsoft tax.'

This week, Microworkz and later iDot announced cheap machines running BeOS from Be Incorporated. America Online is discussing cross-marketing opportunities with Microworkz's iToaster, the company's Be box."

"When Be announced its IPO plans in May, it stated that one of its intentions was to push into the set-top box market, one of several areas Microsoft is hoping will be a home for its Windows CE operating system."

"Be has a powerful ally in the form of chip giant Intel, which took a 10 percent stake in Be in November 1998."

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