[ISN] Microsoft puts smart card on table

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Date: Tue Oct 27 1998 - 13:06:14 PST

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    Microsoft puts smart card on table
    By Tim Clark
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com
    October 26, 1998
    Update: Microsoft tomorrow will announce an extension of its Windows
    operating system for smart cards, a company spokesman said today.
    Smart cards, which have very limited memory and processing power, are
    about the size of a credit card and embedded with a computer chip. The
    technology is used for storing data on mobile phones, banking online, and
    paying for phone calls and public transit fares.
    Microsoft vice president Paul Maritz is scheduled to announce the
    operating system initiative tomorrow at Cartes 98, a conference on smart
    card technology in Paris.
    A new system from Microsoft could bring more acceptance of smart cards in
    the United States. Smart cards have been used in Europe, which holds more
    than 80 percent of the market, but have been slow to progress in America,
    at least in part beacuse of the lack of a standard operating system.
    Microsoft is bidding to enter that arena, but Sun Microsystems is already
    active in that space with its JavaCard specification. In addition, Mondex,
    an e-cash company controlled by MasterCard has its MultOS system designed
    so cards with different operating systems can work together.
    The company's interest in smart cards parallels its strategy with Windows
    CE, a stripped-down version of its PC operating system for consumer
    electronics devices. In April, Microsoft announced a version of Windows CE
    for automobiles, gas pumps, industrial controllers, and other uses.
    The smart-card initiative seeks to go after even smaller, cheaper
    devices--particularly when rival Sun is targeting the same business. The
    Microsoft spokesman said card developers could use existing Windows tools
    to work with their software.
    The annual Paris show is a major showcase for the smart card industry. 
    Schlumberger, a major French manufacturer of smart cards, today unveiled
    new software for its cards that transforms a smart card into a security
    device to identify its holder.
    Many PC makers have said they will produce machines with smart-card
    readers built in, a capability that Microsoft has provided in its desktop
    PC operating systems. Microsoft has a certification and logo program that
    indicates smart card systems work with Windows NT.
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