Handheld OS rivals are coming out swinging.
Whatever happened to the Microsoft operating system monopoly? In the handheld computing world, its rival Palm OS is running up a75 percent market share over Windows CE. The CE operating system was left out in the cold by Everex, L.G. Electronics and Philips in 1999. Slow sales and shortages of color screens hastened those companies' exits. For consumers, insatiable battery consumption and difficult Pocket versions of Microsoft software have overshadowed CE's color screens and tight integration with big Windows.
But that won't stop Microsoft from trying. At the 2000 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Microsoft renewed its assault on the Palm fortresses with the birth of its "Pocket PC." Hewlett-Packard, Casio, Compaq and Symbol Technologies have all signed on to create new products for Microsoft's newest entry in the OS war.
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