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Microsoft working to bring Windows to the XO laptop

Microsoft wants to bring its Windows operating system to the low-cost XO laptop for underprivileged children. It is currently working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP to be compatible.

Microsoft wants to bring its Windows operating system to the low-cost XO laptop for underprivileged children. It is currently working to adapt a basic version of Windows XP to be compatible.

The XO was designed specifically to run Linux programs, and so these users would grow up to be familiar and comfortable with the Linux operating system. Microsoft doesn't want to lose the opportunity to expose Windows to millions of children worldwide.

In an interview with ZDNet, Microsoft Corporate Vice President said, "We're spending a non-trivial amount of money on it. We remain hopeful with our progress to date, we still have significant work ahead to finalize our analysis and testing processes. At the end of the day, there's no guarantees."

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What do you think are the chances of Microsoft succeeding here?

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11 comments
nicholas.runo
nicholas.runo

Will this affect the price of the laptop

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I haven't seen anything official on it though but with other systems where Windows is an "also available" OS, there is usually a 30$ USD or so price increase. MS will probably cut the OEM price back from 30$ to compete with XO's OS though. The real question is; are you sure you need winXP on an OLPC and if so, what benefits do you expect to get from it above and beyond the landslide of benifits available from the open OS and available applications? (honest question)

luiz.bruscato
luiz.bruscato

They should be shame to use a humanitarian project such the XO project to make poor people become addicted on such a drug like Windows just to increase its profits. Luiz/ Brazil

paulmah
paulmah

What do you think are the chances of Microsoft succeeding here?

Veenstra
Veenstra

We all know that Microsoft is fully capable of doing whatever they think is financially in their best interests. Although they were approached in the early development of the laptop and decided it would be too much trouble - they realize now, a couple of years later that linux acceptance is growing. But the new factor is the marketing program to 'buy one and give one' - the impact is not just going to be limited to the 3rd world. Customers here may question why they need Windows....

joelmcmillin
joelmcmillin

When have you ever known Microsoft to not accomplish something they set out to do?

ratcatzdogz
ratcatzdogz

if it's making money they do it well, if it's software they do a lousy job look at all the patches and updates you need to run to fix all the stuff they missed the first time

fredmck
fredmck

If Micro$haft should get their crappy spyware masquerading as an OS on one of these machines, may it cause a huge, and I mean HUGE backlash against Micro$haft. In fact, to quote the animated mule from Hee Haw (for those of you who remember that show here in the U.S.), "there oughta be a law against that".

Baltimore Jason
Baltimore Jason

on releasing low cost or free versions of MS products comparable to the linux load intended for the system to go along with it? Otherwise this is a completely meaningless gesture.

Nodisalsi
Nodisalsi

I'm led to believe that 100 million underpriveleged children will be getting an OLPC laptop. (http://laptop.org/) So if I was to assume 1% of these users would grow up to be IT administrators, and a further 1% of the IT admins grow up to be low-level programmers; then the linux OS will have have recruited 10,000 OS programmers - who would support the OS for free, just it was free whan it was given to them. It might cost M$ over $50,000,000 per year for this many coders to support it's OS. This much support will make Linux the World Standard for education. And since there will be a global resource of competant IT administrators for the Linux OS this will impact upon purchasing decision made by business - especially in new emerging economies in the devloping world. Therefore M$ are DOOMED, and they are desperately trying to get their finger in the pie before they become... *deprecated*.

brian.mills
brian.mills

I'm not sure what Microsoft's chances of succeeding are, but I hope they fail. I'd much rather see an OS that doesn't represent greed and a thirst for power that makes most of the world despise the U.S. make it into these developing markets and be given a chance before the M$ juggernaut comes barreling in.

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