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Monday, February 25, 2002
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Japanese game enthusiasts try out Microsoft's next-generation videogame console Xbox during an "Xbox Experience" pre-sales launch event in Tokyo. Xbox sales kicked off in Japan on February 22 at a price of 34,800 yen ($260).


Keith White, senior director of marketing development at Microsoft, sits next to the Mira wireless smart monitors in Tokyo. Microsoft and White unveiled the Mira system for the first time in Japan on February 19. Mira allows the consumer to access their PC from any room in the house.


Shingo Suga, Asia region product manager for Microsoft, holds two new devices that are powered by Windows CE.net during the Windows embedded developers conference in Tokyo. The two devices made by Fujitsu (R) and Hitachi will run on the Windows CE.net platform and will be broadband ready with a powerful browser and have multimedia capability. Both units will be on the market in the near future.


Microsoft program manager Darron Stepanish, left, and product planner Eric Eidus present the Pocket PC 2002 Phone 02, left, and the Smartphone 2002, that include Microsoft software, at the 3GSM World Congress at the Festivals Palace in Cannes, southern France. Thousands of wireless industry executives attended the forum to assess strategies to revive wireless communication by taking it far beyond the simple cell phone.


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