Microsoft, Casio team on Windows-based handheld

Microsoft and Japanese calculator maker Casio are developing a Windows-based handheld terminal for the consumer market, a Casio spokesman says.

Though the spokesman could not say when the unit will appear and at what price it will be offered, the partners will likely market the device worldwide, he says.

Reports in the Japanese language press, meanwhile, say that the partners are planning to roll out the device by year end.

The disclosure joins a rush of announcements this month of miniature notebooks and devices, all targeted at the anticipated demand for sending and receiving email remotely.

NEC, for example, has announced two bare-bones DOS-based email terminals priced from US$600.

The Microsoft-Casio terminal, however, will likely be more along the lines of a Toshiba unit announced last week that runs the Windows 95 operating system.

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