Microsoft unveils computer-smartphone hybrid prototype

Last week, Microsoft unveiled the FonePlus, a prototype cell-phone operating system that can also serve as a low-cost computer. The idea is that a cell phone running a version of Windows CE (a stripped down version of Windows Mobile for example) could also be plugged into an external display and keyboard to act as an inexpensive computer. The FonePlus would be intended for emerging markets where Microsoft suggests that the poorest often don’t own electronics other than a TV and, increasingly, a cell phone.

The FonePlus would let users to use email, surf the web, access online content and use productivity software such as the PocketOffice suite.

There was no word on if or when the FonePlus would see production.

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