Over the past months, there has been a great deal of talk about creating very inexpensive computers for third-world countries. Yesterday, Microsoft showed off a prototype of an operating system it is creating for this potential market.
Microsoft believes the best design for this market is a mobile phone into which a TV and keyboard can be plugged, converting it into a desktop computer.
At its Financial Analyst Meeting yesterday, Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, demonstrated FonePlus, the operating system in development for this type of device.
It runs a version of Windows CE and includes software to let users exchange email, do word processing and spreadsheets, surf the Web, and watch streaming video.
The target is to create a computer that meets the needs of people living in developing nations at a price they can afford.
At this point, there is no information on when FonePlus-based computers will be available, or what they will cost.
Via Microsoft Watch