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Microsoft will not develop an e-reader

PC is fine says Ballmer
Fri Oct 09 2009, 11:22

SHY AND RETIRING Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said there is no point in the Vole developing an ebook reader.

According to Reuters, Ballmer said he had no plans to develop a digital book reader to compete with the fast-growing popularity of Amazon's Kindle.

The Vole makes all the software that runs the most popular device for electronic reading and there really is no point in doing more, he indicated.

He said that the best gear to read on is a PC and he was happy to work with Amazon to bring more books to the personal computer.

He wished that Amazon and others would do more to bring books to the PC, but he was not interested in having Microsoft itself build an e-reader.

The Vole markets its Microsoft Reader for PC-based book reading and supports tablet PCs. µ



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