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Microsoft's moving into hardware again, but this time it looks painful. The software-and-one-hot-gaming-console company confirmed the authenticity of viral ads marketing its new handheld, the Origami. An in-the-wild photo from Engadget looks like the wallet PC that Bill Gates wanted back in 1995.

Microsoft officially announces Origami tomorrow. Most coverage right now is speculation, but there's a gem from PC World: "Origami will be a niche product, appealing mostly to women rather than a large audience."

Now that's the way to get gender balance in tech. (Not that we can talk.)


Photo: Microsoft's Origami project [Engadget]
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