Microsoft unveils Internet appliance in China

Microsoft and its Chinese partners have introduced Venus, a Windows CE-based information appliance.

Representing Microsoft's first foray into the Chinese PC market, the device uses a Windows user interface on a TV display, controlled by a standard keyboard and mouse. The Venus system will also feature Win CE-based word processing, educational, and entertainment applications,. DVD and video CD titles are also supported.

Six Chinese OEMs, including Hair, Legend Group, Stone, TCL Group, and Yuxing, are manufacturing the Venus information appliance for various markets. Prices range from $150 to $250.

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