Innovation: Turning Your Phone Into A Mini-PC

You can run from Microsoft, but the places you can hide are getting scarce. The company controls your desktop with Windows and has invaded your living room with the Xbox. Now it wants to get inside your cell phone too. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If you can get more rest on a train in the future because the guy next to you is checking his office e-mail via Outlook or browsing full-color Web pages on his handset instead of screaming "I'm on the train!" into it, you can thank Bill Gates for the peace and quiet.

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