updated 01:40 pm EDT, Wed June 27, 2007
Microsoft IQ PC
Microsoft today revealed its first entry into producing its own computers. Called the IQ PC, the system (not pictured) will be made by India PC makers Wipro and Zenith and is targeted primarily at students for whom many typical systems would be too expensive or lack the right software; the system will ship with the Encarta dictionary as well as Works for production and specialized learning tools, Microsoft says. The software developer has also launched a new Education channel on MSN and says the site will have custom online courses and tutoring regardless of which PC is used to access them.
Full details of the computer in question are unknown at this time, though Microsoft says the PC will by driven by an AMD Athlon and sell for the equivalent of $513. Systems will first roll out on July 1st and should spread to the rest of the country by November. Microsoft has so far made no mention of whether or not the IQ PC uses its $3 Windows bundle but says future versions of the desktop will bring Intel processors.