“Unveiling Sony Corp.’s new computer product lineup here this week, Keiji Kimura, president of Sony’s IT & Mobile Solutions Network Co., defined a new strategy for Sony’s computer business as ‘Vaio beyond PC.’ Kimura said Sony is evolving its Vaio-branded computer platform into a number of networked audio and video products. Significantly, Vaio operating systems will no longer be limited to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows XP,” Junko Yoshida reports for EE Times.
“Vaio Pocket, Sony’s new portable audio player will use Sony’s proprietary operating system. The same is apparently true of the video version of a prototype pocket device Sony demonstrated here,” Yoshida reports. “Kiumra said Sony has no plans to switch its Vaio platform from Windows XP to Linux any time soon. But he added that Linux is a candidate for a number of small but powerful Vaio-based devices.”
“Kimura said Sony will stick with Windows XP for the time being because it is a strong platform with the largest installed base. But for anything that goes ‘beyond PC,’ Sony doesn’t see Microsoft helping Sony differentiate its Vaio products from consumer devices. ‘Other than XP,’ said Kimura, “Microsoft has failed in its every attempt, including Windows CE and .NET initiatives” to extend the Windows platform into the consumer market. ‘We don’t see any of those new initiatives [becoming] a major success,'” Yoshida reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Boy, wouldn’t Apple’s Mac OS X help Sony differentiate Vaio personal computers from the rest of the Wintel dreck?