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(Nikkei BP Group)

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  • Microsoft, Others Aim for Windows CE POS Terminals Guide
  • February 4, 1999 (TOKYO) — The OLE POS Technology Council is in the process of establishing a configuration for point-of-sale terminals to run Windows CE, an informed source said.
    The council is organized by Microsoft Co., Ltd. of Japan and other POS terminal manufacturers.

    Most POS terminals with the current configuration formulated by the council run the Windows 95 or NT operating system, but they cost as much as 900,000 yen to 1 million yen (US$7,800 to US$8,660). It has been reported that the cost will be reduced to two thirds or half with Windows CE terminals.

    The council is to establish a standard configuration for device drivers for Windows CE that will control peripherals of POS terminals. The process will be complete by the end of 1999 at the earliest. It will be around the beginning of 2000 when the POS manufacturers will ship such products in compliance with the configuration.

    (Nikkei Computer)

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