What is Microsoft’s Origami Project?


Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates threw gadget-hungry consumers another bone today, with an update to a web site hinting that information about a new portable product, code-named “Origami,” could be released Mar. 9.

The site, www.origamiproject.com, surfaced last week with photos and text telling visitors that more information would be available today. Microsoft has confirmed that the mysterious campaign represents a portable device, but has released no further details.

If the “Origami” hardware is made by Microsoft, the move will represent a shift within the company. Executives have repeatedly touted Microsoft’s success as a software maker, and said that the company is not in the hardware business.

Analysts have speculated that “Origami” will be a lightweight computer running the Windows XP operating system, though some have guessed that it could be a portable version of the Xbox 360 gaming system. Still others believe the device will be a music player, or even a phone.

You obviously can tell this whole buzz was generated by Microsoft’s marketing department and they’re probably laughing it all up. It feels more like a ‘Lost’ episode where Origami is sibling of the Dharma project. Either way, we’re guessing the new Origami device will most likely contain wireless features and will have a direct impact on the Blackberry devices.