Monday, March 13, 2006

Origami Seen As No Threat To Apple’s iPod

Technology analysts say Microsoft’s new mini laptop, Origami, which has debuted at the Cebit International Technology Fair in Hanover, Germany, is seen as no threat to Apple’s popular iPod line.

Origami has a 7-inch touch screen and standard 86x processors, and can run full versions of desktop operating systems, including the Windows XP.

Insiders believe the device’s short battery life and bulky presence might not make an impact in the already Apple-favored industry.

"This is definitely our first step in looking at the area of ultramobile PCs," says Mika Krammer, a Windows marketing director for Microsoft's mobile platforms.

"To really hit the mass the hundreds of thousands and the millions of customers, we have to improve," Krammer adds. The devices that begin shipping in April are likely to be more of a niche product.

According to the Financial Times Web site, some blogs forecast Origami might become a success over a couple of years’ time once the price comes down from the estimated $1,000-2,000 and once its battery capacity increases allowing its use as a lifestyle device through all day.


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