Toshiba, Spyglass and Microsoft have joined forces to create the next generation Web phone, using the Windows CE operating system.
Toshiba claims its new hardware platform will quickly enable developers to create Web enabled telephones based on Microsoft Windows CE, Web Telephone Edition, which is designed to provide consumers with a low cost and easy way of accessing the Internet.
The Web enabled telephone is part of a growing trend in simple, affordable Internet access appliances for the home. The Web enabled telephone design is easy to use even for users who may be unfamiliar with computers.
Integrating the traditional phone handset and numeric keypad with a touch screen display and keyboard, it features simple one touch screen menus for retrieving messages or accessing the Internet.
Toshiba’s technology is built around its Pallas motherboard which incorporates a Risc processor and a telephony card. Spyglass, which specialises in Web compatible devices, is working with Toshiba on the project.
"Windows CE provides a robust and flexible platform on which developers can innovate to create new market opportunities in the Internet appliance arena," said Jonathan Roberts, general manager of the productivity appliances division at Microsoft.
The Web telephone design from Toshiba will be available to the industry by the end of this year. Product should start appearing next year.
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