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Thinno sub-notebook powered by Intel's Atom processor.   (Source: Register Hardware)

Unnamed Atom-based notebook running Windows XP.   (Source: Register Hardware)
Microsoft may spare XP after all, at least for low-cost notebooks.

DailyTech reported earlier this morning that Microsoft is in a bit of a pickle with regards to end-of-sale date for Windows XP and the rise of low-cost sub-notebooks. Microsoft needs an operating system to combat the various iterations of Linux that come pre-installed on these machines and Windows Vista won't suffice given current hardware requirements.

Sources close to Microsoft are now stating that the company is expected to extend the availability of Windows XP specifically for low-cost notebooks (i.e., Eee PC, CloudBook, etc.). Although Microsoft declined to comment on the report, the sources said that the announcement could come as early as this week during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) which is taking place in Shanghai.

An announcement at IDF would make perfect sense as the show is a showcase for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and notebooks using Intel's new Atom processors. Intel's Atom processors are targeted at MIDs, sub-notebooks and even low-end desktop machines.

Already on display at IDF are a number of Atom-based sub-notebooks from a little-known company, Thinno. Thinno displayed two notebooks -- one of which appears to have a 7" screen, while the other looks like an 8.9" unit -- at the show. The former was running Windows XP while the latter is said to be running Red Hat Linux.

Both machines were equipped with 1.6GHz Intel Atom processors and 512MB of memory. Another, nameless Atom-based machine was also captured by Register Hardware running Windows XP.

If an XP announcement is indeed coming later this week, it appears that Microsoft will dodge a bullet when it comes to the exploding low-end, sub-notebook market.



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RE: Small is beautiful
By xwoodrowx on 4/1/2008 4:15:05 PM , Rating: 3
You can shrink an Windows XP login to around 500MB, installed. If you upgrade the RAM on the EEEPC to 2GB you can get rid of the swap file. That leaves 3.5GB free for files and other applications. Add in the fact you can get a class 6 16GB SSD card for files and the EEEPC becomes a very attractive product. We have installed MS Office on them and they run like a champ.


RE: Small is beautiful
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/2/2008 12:42:18 PM , Rating: 2
Why run MS office? It comes with Open office, the core program which MS uses to write MS office. You also have the option to save in MS office format....all for free. No need to spend more money.


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