Microsoft gets into PC hardware business

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A report in the Economic News claims that Microsoft and FIC will jointly launch a so–called "Dream PC" which doesn't even use an Intel chip, but instead makes use of a Via C3.

The report claims that the first jointly developed "Dream PC" will be introduced towards the end of this month and that Microsoft will also show quite a few so called "baseline" or cheap machines which run with Via C3 600MHz chips and Windows XP. FIC, like Via, is a subsidiary of mammoth Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics.

The report adds that each complete machine will cost between $300 to $400, aimed at the low end of the market which doesn't necessarily need processors running at 2GHz and above. The "Dream Machine" could spell curtains for the traditional Wintel alliance, if the reports are true.

News source: The Inquirer

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