MSN Companions in Stores

eMachines and Compaq have joined with Microsoft to launch the first MSN Companion devices. Compaq’s Home Internet Appliance IA-1, available since August, and eMachines’ MSN Companion, released last month, represent Microsoft’s latest venture into so-called Internet appliances. These machines, with less processing power than a traditional PC and no disk drives, are designed to be a cheap and easy way to get consumers online with Microsoft’s ISP service, MSN Internet Access.

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