Comdex abuzz with appliances

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Comdex abuzz with appliances

A slew of companies unveiled support for simplified computer designs at Comdex Fall ’99, furthering the concept of easy-to-use Internet appliances.

Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Red Hat Software were among the outspoken proponents of appliance computing, all touting the advantages of devices that are not intended to function as full-service computers, but will offer Web connectivity in a more convenient form.

Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced a deal with Swatch watches to deliver Internet to wristbands.

Operating system vendors Sun Microsystems, Red Hat Software and Microsoft all announced moves to accerlerate the availability of information appliances, while hardware makers Philips, Sony, Palm Computing, and National Semiconductors were among several dozen companies showing various Internet appliances.

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