XKB schrijft: "Be heeft BeIA gepresenteerd. Dit is een nieuw OS speciaal geschikt voor internet toepassing zoals streaming video. Be probeert hiermee door te dringen in een markt die nog niet gedomineerd wordt door Intel en Microsoft.":
BeIA is a device-independent software platform for post-PC era Internet appliances focused on the personalization of multimedia and information-rich products that enhance a user's lifestyle. The design flexibility of BeIA allows Internet appliances to be configured as information devices such as personal online portals or financial management monitors. The adaptive configuration of BeIA also extends into entertainment devices such as movie or music download and playback systems.
"Today, consumers predominantly use general-purpose PCs to access the Internet, send and receive e-mail and conduct e-commerce transactions, but this is changing rapidly. While PCs have become an accepted tool for both work and play, for many people PCs are still viewed as complex, intimidating and unstable. They lack the 'instant on' gratification and media handling capabilities consumers have grown to expect from their home appliances such as televisions and other audio and stereo equipment," said Jean-Louis Gassée, chairman and chief executive officer of Be. "To truly make computing technology pervasive in the home, a new model for lifestyle devices is required. Our new BeIA platform is a foundation for that model." "The utility and pervasiveness of the Internet has created a need for a variety of targeted, affordable and easy-to-use devices other than the PC," said IDC consumer device analyst Bryan Ma. "IDC believes that Information Appliances (IAs) will address the needs of not only the technophobe, but also the PC user who will use IAs in an adjunct role in a number of different usage scenarios." A just-finished IDC report forecasts the worldwide information appliance market to grow from 11 million units and $2.4 billion in 1999 to a market of 89 million units and $17.8 billion in 2004.
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