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iPAQ home Internet appliance works only for Microsoft MSN

Giving a boost to the stagnant Internet appliance market, Microsoft and Compaq recently introduced the iPAQ Home Internet Appliance, an instant-on, limited-feature system with email capability that will retail for $599.

The iPAQ Home Internet Appliance runs Microsoft's MSN Companion platform (based on Win CE, IE, and MSN) and includes 32MB of SDRAM, 16MB of Flash, a 10.1 inch DSTN display, four USB ports, a 56K modem, and a wireless keyboard. At press time, add-ons were limited to an Epson 740 Micro Piezo color ink-jet, a USB mouse, and JBL Platinum speakers with a digital audio port. (SanDisk Type I and II upgrades will be supported in future versions.)

The machine runs Internet Explorer 4.0, not more recent versions of the browser, and the unit can only access the Internet via MSN service. Interestingly, the appliance includes Insignia Solutions Jeode EVN, a Java-compatible VM. Users who sign up for three years of MSN ($21.95 per month) receive a $400 rebate; a two-year membership brings a $200 rebate; and one-year membership brings $100.

The iPAQ Home Internet Appliance is just one piece of a new strategy for Compaq. The company is also rolling out a number of new special-purpose devices, including an audio player and a wireless email device--the existing iPAQ Pocket PC has been a huge seller for Compaq. The Home Internet Appliance is the first such machine from a major PC manufacturer, and will likely spur other companies to offer similar systems for the consumer market.
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Author:Piven, Joshua
Publication:Computer Technology Review
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2000
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