Microsoft looks at Net devices

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Microsoft Corp. unveiled a Consumer Platforms Division to produce systems software for non-PC products, preparing the company to play if the market for cheap Internet access devices takes off. "We don't think it's likely that Internet appliances (or) network computers...are going to displace the PC anytime soon," Group VP Paul Maritz said in a telephone press briefing Tuesday afternoon. But Mr. Maritz vowed Microsoft will be able "to respond very rapidly to any market needs that arise." Solidifying its Internet efforts, Microsoft also set up an Internet Platform and Tools Division and moved Microsoft Network into a new Interactive Media Division.

Copyright February 1996 Crain Communications Inc.

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