Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal
Friday March 12th, 1999
#35 Re:Government Approval for AOL/Netscape/Sun Deal
Wednesday March 17th, 1999 3:12 AM
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"Small" web devices won't have any problems... Computing power is cheap. Computing power is *NOT* a relevant aspect when it comes to cost of a web device these days - LCD display or touch are the real cost issues.
Our WebPhone will most probably have an x86 core of some sort (we look at a few other alternatives too), with computing power equivalent of a reasonably fast pentium. It's a requirement since we won't only do web browsing, but also telephony/video telephony both over IP and ISDN, MP3 streaming, and more.
Cost? For the consumer almost nothing, as it will be bundled and subsidized with internet access etc.
As for WinCE, Internet Explorer for Windows CE is severely crippled. It lacks most of what modern browsers should have, which places it at a severe disadvantage in this market.
For us Internet Explorer would be useless because it lacks too many features. Windows CE + Internet Explorer would also cost us way too much, and is too complicated for our main market.