Friday, March 10, 2006

Microsoft's Origami Said To Be No Threat To The Apple IPod

As Microsoft's new handheld unfolds, key analysts say it's too pricey and unfocused. I must agree with the analysts because with price tags reaching $999 they are far more than most would spend for a digital assistant. Maybe next time they can get the price down into the under $450 range.

Instead of launching its own device, Microsoft created the specs for Origami, a new ultra-mobile PC, or UMPC, and lined up hardware makers to manufacture the devices. UMPCs will run a modified version of Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, with a form factor that bridges the gap between a personal digital assistant and a notebook computer. The devices are expected to sell at prices between $599 and $999.


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