Apple will make a frantic attempt today to rescue its ailing palmtop strategy. Its last ditch effort to keep its Newton technology alive centres on the launch of two models in its Messagepad 2000 series, which will now include email and Web access and Win95 links. But it will not give prices for the products, nor could a representative confirm or deny reports that the Apple units conform to the Microsoft CE specification.
However, it seems certain that the machines will offer integration not only with Mac OS but Windows 95 too, it has emerged.
The Newton platform has looked increasingly shaky over the past few months as Apple has retrenched its operating system strategy, culminating in the takeover of Steve Job?s Next operating system and the abandoning of some product lines.
Against analyst expectations, Newton survived and Apple continues to claim it still has a stake in what was once a flagship product. It has always viewed the Newton as "the PDA to end all PDAs".
Whether it will survive the welter of products from the Microsoft CE camp and other palmtop makes seems, however, increasingly unlikely. At Cebit in Hanover two weeks ago, Microsoft introduced a spate of hardware platforms from the likes of LG Electronics and Philips, using what it claims is the scalable CE operating system.
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