Information appliances, also called Internet or PC appliances, are a new market that appeal to those customers who want to reduce their desktop hardware expenditures. What are they, who makes them, and what do you get for your money?
pushed by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison a few years ago under the name of Network Computer . Whatever you call it, this market is new and growing. In recent months, most of the large hardware vendors (Compaq, Dell, Gateway, IBM) have started to announce products or plans for products. In addition, COMDEX '99 highlighted a slew of new PC appliances, from Microsoft, Intel, AMD, IBM, and others. This market has grown due to the desire to reduce the price of computing, primarily from a hardware viewpoint, but