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Toshiba hand computer to use Microsoft system

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SEATTLE — Toshiba Corp. was scheduled Monday to announce plans for a handheld computer that uses Microsoft Corp.'s PocketPC technology — part of Toshiba's effort to gain market share over rival Palm Inc.

The handheld Toshiba computers are to be available in Japan on Monday and in the United States later this year. The companies haven't said what they will charge for the product or named a specific U.S. release date. Currently, Palm technology accounts for the majority of handheld computers.

Microsoft, with help from partners such as Toshiba, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, has launched a broad campaign to break into that market with its PocketPC technology.