Origami: Microsofts OrPod Alternative to the iPod?

Will Microsoft do the unthinkable and field an all-in-one consumer/business ultra-portable device designed to take on Apple, Palm and maybe RIM, too? (Microsoft Watch)

Would you buy an OrPod?

Microsoft has registered a Web site for something called "The Origami Project." From the rather cryptic video clip there, you cant tell much about what Origami is or what it will do. Guesses about Origamis origins have been all over the map.

But what were hearing now is that Origami might be little more than a new code name for an ultra-portable device that Microsoft demonstrated last year at its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference.

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(Since Microsoft is continually changing code names to keep company watchers guessing, such a move would not be unprecedented.)

The original "Haiku" device was described as an ultra-portable mini-Tablet when the first prototypes made their public debut.

The systems, as described Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, would weigh about a pound, feature a battery that could hold a charge for a full day, and integrate a camera, a phone and a music device in a single form factor.

Microsoft is promising well hear more about Origami on March 2. The timing isnt coincidental, our sources say. Apple is slated to unveil new "fun" products on Feb. 28 in Cupertino.

Among the rumored introductions: A new iPod Boombox audio system.

Microsoft has made no bones about its iPod envy, nor about its lack of satisfaction with the kinds of Portable Media Center devices its partners have been producing.

And no one from Redmond has denied reports that Microsoft has plans to get into the business of building its own family of iPod killers.

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