Five years ago: Palm Windows to spawn handhelds

The first handheld systems based on Microsoft's Windows CE operating system will ship late this year.
Written by Martin Veitch, Contributor

Sources said that Microsoft plans a September 16 announcement for the OS, formerly known as Pegasus and based on the Windows 95 kernel.

Hewlett-Packard (HP), Casio, Compaq, NEC and Philips are all reportedly at work on products that use the OS. HP confirmed it is working on a Windows CE-based handheld but said it is unlikely to ship the product this year.

Separately, the firm also said that it has cancelled plans to release the OmniGo 120, a version of the OmniGo 100 with a backlit screen. "We didn't feel it was appropriate to launch it at the current time," a spokesman said. Privately, the firm blamed low pricing from UK rival Psion, which is due to announce new lines on Thursday.

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