Spyglass has struck a three year $20 million deal with Microsoft to put its Internet technology on devices running Microsoft's Windows CE operating system.
Microsoft has licensed Spyglass? software, which includes a small footprint embedded Web browser and email application, and is exploring ways to use it to enhance CE. The two will also work together to develop and integrate multiple CE based applications aimed at Internet device manufacturers.
According to analysts, Microsoft is hoping the deal will accelerate the uptake of Windows CE on hand held devices and intelligent consumer connected appliances.
Harel Kodesh, Microsoft?s vice president of information appliances, said: "Working with Spyglass to build Internet device solutions is a strategic move to extend the success of the Windows CE platform."
Doug Colbeth, Spyglass? president and chief executive, added that the deal fitted the company's goal of exploiting multiple platforms and technologies to deliver its products and services.
This is the second multi million, multi year deal that Spyglass has announced during its fiscal 1999 year. Last October, the firm signed a $20 million agreement with General Instrument (GI) to build services and applications for its digital cable platform at the new Digital Software Integration Centre, which is jointly owned by the two companies.
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