Gates introduces new Companion

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Gates introduces new Companion

At his keynote speech kicking off the annual Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates introduced the company’s newest product, the MSN Web Companion, a scaled-down Internet computer.

The book-sized device runs Microsoft’s Windows CE operating system and connects to the Net using the company’s MSN Internet service.

Other companies will manufacture the box, including Acer, Philips

Electronics, Thomson Consumer Electronics, and Turkish electronics company Vestel.

The machine is expected to cost less than $200 and be available in the second half of next year.

Still unclear is what effect the recent federal court finding that Microsoft is a monopoly will have on the product, and on the company’s future strategies.

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