Microsoft set to unveil mini computer at CeBit

3rd March 2006, Comments 0 comments

3 March 2006, SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft is expected to unveil a new pocket computer running Windows XP at the CeBit technology and communications trade show next week in Hanover, Germany, according to analysts Thursday.

3 March 2006

SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft is expected to unveil a new pocket computer running Windows XP at the CeBit technology and communications trade show next week in Hanover, Germany, according to analysts Thursday.

Rumours about the device, codenamed the Origami Project, have been swirling since the software giant launched a website last week with cryptic questions that appeared to point to a miniature computer that could function as a hybrid between Apple's iPod media player and conventional laptops.

In a new posting Thursday to the website, Microsoft said it would release details of the new device on March 9, opening day of the CeBit trade show, which is recognized as the world's largest.

According to Cnet.com, the mini-tablet devices will feature a roughly 7-inch screen and run on Microsoft software, but will be manufactured by several other companies.

The devices are expected to play music and movies, edit documents, view e-mail and surf the Internet. Many models are expected to include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless capabilities, and some may also have GPS navigation tools or cellular modems.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates revealed last year that the company was attempting to make a tablet computer device that would weigh some 600 grams, last all day on one battery charge and cost less than 800 dollars. Microsoft ally chipmaker Intel has also been touring a device in progress call the Ultra Mobile PC, or UMPC.

DPA

Subject: German news

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