Without too much hesitation, Microsoft continues to extend the date that XP will be available for the ultra low-cost PC’s. First they extended the date in April for low-cost laptops until 2010 because Vista usually requires too many resources to be run on them, but now the life of Windows XP has been extended for low-cost desktop PCs as well.
The general category of desktop computers that will have Windows XP installed on them are called Nettops (and the laptops are called netbooks), or in other words, desktops that are ultra low-cost. In the official Microsoft Press Release, they say:
“Customers and partners have made it clear to us that they want Windows on their netbooks and nettops. We are committed to providing Windows solutions for these devices, helping to ensure a high-quality experience for both our partners and customers.”
As PCWorld.com points out, an example of an ultra low-cost desktop PC that will be able to run XP is the Asus Eee Box which hasn’t hit the market quite yet, but will soon. Now that Microsoft has opened the doors for XP to be available on the low-cost laptops and desktops, will they end up specifying the hardware configurations that vendors can use with XP? These desktops are great for those who do very basic things like check email and browse the web, something a good chunk of computer users do and nothing more.
Knowing the strengths of XP, it will be a great operating system for these new netbooks and nettops which very well could be the next “big-thing” in the computer world. With the Eee PC gaining popularity and other computer companies creating their own version, all of the computer manufacturers are going to want to be selling Netbooks and Nettops and XP will continue to gain in popularity.
Thanks for the tip Omar!