LONDON (Reuters) - The veil of mystery surrounding Microsoft's  
secretive Origami portable device lifted just a little on Thursday  
after the firm updated the project's cryptic Web site [http://], hinting that all would be revealed on  
March 9.

It may be coincidence, but March 9 is also the launch in Hannover of  
CeBit, the world's largest annual trade show for the information and  
telecommunications technology industry.

Information from Microsoft on Origami is sketchy to say the least.  
Industry reports predict it is the company's long-awaited offering  
hoping to take a bite out of rival Apple's all-conquering i-Pod.

The only details released so far have been on the Microsoft  
registered website, along with cryptic  
questions such as "who am I?", "do you know me?", "do you know what I  
can do?" and "wondering where to find me?" sending rumours flying  
round Internet Web sites and chatrooms.

Origami is expected to be the size of a paperback book, able to play  
music, games, connect to the internet and run software.

The viral marketing approach is well employed by Apple, with a  
feeding frenzy of media attention and rumours generated ahead of each  
release of the iPod, iBook and iMac products as the often wildly  
conflicting information is dripped out drop by drop.

Similar articles (suggesting that the marketing is not viral at all :) :

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March 2, 20.