Smart Card Platform Goes to Manufacturers

The Windows for Smart Cards Developer’s Toolkit is now available for OEMs and Systems Integrators who want to use Microsoft’s most compact operating system to build smart card applications. Microsoft anticipates that Windows-powered smart cards will allow the company to capture a significant part of an embryonic market that is expected to swell to more than 1.2 billion units by 2001. Although Microsoft may charge smart card OEM’s only US$.20 to US$.50 per card for the Windows for Smart Cards operating system, this could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues.

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