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ZDNet: When, Why and How Windows CE Will Save Bill Gates' Butt

Jun 10, 1999, 13:14 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"Microsoft's Windows CE has drawn a lot of criticism and is underdog of the Windows family. But Microsoft is hardly a Johnny-come-lately to the wireless space. Wireless has been and will continue to be a major initiative -- and I believe Win CE will save Microsoft's collective butt in this space. Here's what I see happening:"

"Right now nobody would consider a CE over a Palm. But by Christmas I see a shift beginning, with CE leading the charge. ... Microsoft is not a quitter and will keep pouring enormous amounts of resources into this platform. ... Microsoft wants Windows CE not just as the No. 1 platform for handhelds. Click for more. But for everything from cell phones to gas pumps."

"International Data Corp estimates the small devices market will jump from 3.9 million units last year to 21 million units by 2003. Microsoft's livelihood depends on having a big piece of this space."

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