Microsoft Foneplus prototype debuts

, posted: 28-Jul-2006 19:05

C|Net has a report on Craig Mundie demonstrating Microsoft's cell-phone PC prototype, named "FonePlus" in typical, unimaginative Redmond fashion.

Despite the drab name, it's actually one of the more interesting concepts to come out of Microsoft lately. A low-cost personal computer with mobile communications built-in sounds very much right on the mark for a lot of areas around the world. Done right, it could have many more applications beyond being a cheap, first computer for poorer countries.

The general idea is that you have a computing device that connects to a TV for display and uses a cellular network for remote data communications it seems. The device Mundie demonstrated runs WinCE interestingly enough, instead of Windows Mobile.

It is unchartered waters for Microsoft though, so it remains to be seen if the software giant dares to see the project through to completion.

Not much information is available about the FonePlus, apart from it being the brainchild of Irishman Hugh Teegan, Mobile Devices architect at Microsoft.

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