Microsoft Demoing Prototype of New Mobile Operating System

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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




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