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OUTLOOK: Windows Vista SideShow Prototypes - a view into Windows Mobile's future
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 15.06.07 - 18:13:02 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 12837x
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Not yet Widows Mobile compatible, has an interesting article how the Microsoft Windows Vista SideShow future might also looks for Windows Mobile devices.
Prices for PDA-style Windows SideShow devices will start from about $ 80, according to a developer that demonstrated prototypes to today. The touchscreen handheld gadgets share many of the features of PDAs, smartphones and media players like Apple's iPod, but they connect wirelessly to a PC to send or receive data. A high-end SideShow device with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard will cost 'approximately US$ 150', said staff of Taiwan-based chip manufacturer, Winbond, which makes CPUs and other chips for the devices. A smaller device with a square 3.5" touch screen will cost 'about US$ 80', they predicted.

One manager from a hardware developer attending Microsoft's WinHEC conference in Taipei, who did not wish to be named, claimed that Microsoft is hoping to create a new market for low cost SideShow devices without alarming the smartphone and PDA makers who are using its Windows Mobile OS and Pocket PC platform.

However, with the potential for overlap in features and end users, this is difficult, he said. Smartphone makers are said to be worried that corporate customers might opt for cheaper, less feature-rich phones if they can rely on a cheap SideShow handheld for contacts, e-mail and scheduling. Microsoft has announced that Windows Mobile will soon support SideShow gadgets, perhaps alleviating this concern.

Cheers ~ Arne

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