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Pocket Rocket Too Quick on the Draw

(Is CE ready for prime time? The debate over the theoretical government-imposed split of Microsoft rages on, and we hear from some eighth graders about the future of music technology.)

Your recent article on Windows CE and hand-held PCs piqued my curiosity ("Pocket Rockets," January). Two weeks ago, I took the plunge and purchased Casio's first attempt, the Cassiopeia. On first use, the operating system appears to be like Windows 95. There are some interesting features, such as a built-in speaker through which you can play WAV files, and a means of communicating with your Win95 workstation with a provided cable.

However, there isn't very much software out there yet, and without it, Casio has flaunted its reputation on a product that so far is little better than its PDA predecessors. In my opinion, Casio was more interested in making sure the Cassiopeia was out before the holidays, than in firming up its marketing strategies to ensure that there is supporting software and hardware to make the product work.

Neil Piper

via the Internet

Editor's Note: For more information on the Cassiopeia and the Apple Newton hand-helds, see our Head-to-Head review in this issue.

Windows Magazine, April 1997, page 26.

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