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IT-Director: Microsoft still in the race with the Pocket PC

Jan 12, 2000, 20:44 (12 Talkback[s])
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"Apart from the inevitable wireless internet capability, particular attention has been drawn to the Microsoft Reader. Based on something called ClearType display technology, this is viewed as in important differentiator between the Pocket PC and other PDA offerings, enhancing the usefulness of the device by allowing lengthy documents such as business materials, manuals, news articles, etc to be read with ease. The Pocket PC also doubles as an entertainment device allowing music, and even video, to be played through a bundled version of the Windows Media Player.

This is essentially a reworking and repackaging of Windows CE by Microsoft in an attempt to regain control of the exploding PDA market which Palm and Symbian have been running away with in the last few months."

The competition here for Microsoft is extremely fierce. On the one hand, it is up against the likes of Palm and Psion/Symbian... On the other hand, the entry of the mobile telecoms players into the same general space, who have already largely rejected Windows CE, presents another major block to Microsoft..."

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