Offer Lets New Users of Windows CE-Based Palm-Size PCs Get on the Web Easily and Affordably

Redmond, Wash. - Nov. 1, 1999 - Microsoft Corp. today announced the Windows® CE Web on the Go promotion, enabling new users of Windows CE-based color Palm-size PCs to easily and affordably connect to the Web any time and from anywhere. Customers who purchase a Windows CE-based color Palm-size PC between Oct. 15, 1999, and Jan. 31, 2000, can - for just $49 - get the Web on the Go kit, which includes the new Xircom CompactCard Modem 56 for Windows CE-based Palm-size and handheld PCs, more than 10 mobile software programs, and special offers on wireless add-ons, saving them more than $100 for Web access with their Palm-size PC.

The Web on the Go kit has an estimated retail value of more than $150 but is available for $49 with a Web on the Go mail-in coupon and proof of purchase of a Microsoft® Windows CE-based color Palm-size PC. The mail-in coupon and more details about the promotion can be obtained at select retail stores or at

"Customers are using Windows CE-based Palm-size PCs to do more than keep their schedule and contact information - they're also accessing the Web," said Rogers Weed, marketing director for the Personal Appliance Division at Microsoft. "The Web on the Go promotion gives customers one kit with everything needed to easily and affordably get Internet access on their color Palm-size PC, and at a great price."

The Web on the Go kit includes the following:

The promotion kit also includes special bonus offers on wireless add-on options, including discounts on cables for digital cellular phones from Xircom Inc., discounts on wireless CDMA modems and digital cellular phone cables from Socket Communications Inc., and discounts from Sprint Wireless on wireless data service. (Discounts are valid in the United States and Canada only and expire Jan. 31, 2000.)

Windows CE-based Palm-size PCs are mobile companions that give users the freedom to work more effectively, wherever their business takes them. Not only do they allow users to manage their day, access their address book, and read and reply to their e-mail, Palm-size PCs now provide rich 64K full-color displays and support CD-quality music, allowing customers to view maps and photos and listen to the latest music - anywhere. More information about

Windows CE-based Palm-size PCs and this promotion is available at

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