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."
- Microsoft says Windows may soon be on XO laptop (InformationWeek)
- Microsoft working to get Windows on XO laptops (ZDNet)
- Microsoft still working on plans to get Windows OS on XO laptop (Software Journal)
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