Compaq's Brand New Pda Will Have Those Old Familiar Ways

Product developers for Compaq Computer Corp. joke that the well-publicized problems with Apple Computer Inc.'s Newton personal digital assistant (PDA) stem from a "ton of new"--new operating system, new microprocessor, new electronics. That's why Compaq thinks it will have better luck with its first PDA, due out by next spring. Named the Mobile Companion, the device will be based on more time-tested technology, including an Intel 386 microprocessor and a compressed version of Microsoft's Windows operating software called At Work.

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