|Microsoft extends XP through 2010 for ultra-low-cost laptops | The Industry Standard : Microsoft confirmed Thursday that it will extend the sales of Windows XP Home to OEMs beyond the current deadline of June 30, 2008, to accommodate a new class of ultra-low-cost PCs (ULCPCs) that are just beginning to pepper the market.|
And then today I also get an email from VMWare
As a blogger the VMware Fusion team considers important to the Mac community, I wanted to let you know about a new customer contest, both video and blogging, we're launching today.
So I guess the question is whether Parallels, VMWare or VirtualBox count as an "ultra-low-cost PC" ;)
MS will still apparently be dropping XP retail, but XP OEM is easy to obtain quasi-legally from eBay and loads of other suppliers. The important thing here is that this should continue as quite a number of OEMs and white box suppliers will still be able to obtain them legally from MS.
And of course, the announcement is recognition that there's a growing market for very low end PCs that are designed to have most of their applications on the web. Like the eeePC, Cloudbook and Intel Classmate. And this is a real double edged sword for Microsoft.
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[ 04-Apr-08 9:47am ] [ laptops , microsoft , XP ]