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XP for Low-End PCs and Low-End PCs Only!

Microsoft has plans to retire XP in favor of Vista in the relatively near future, but it will ship XP for years to come on low-cost PCs aimed at developing countries.

Apparently, though, Microsoft wants to make sure these PCs don't cut into Vista PC sales. It's requiring OEMs to make these XP machines with no more than a gig of RAM, an 80GB hard drive or less, and a processor that pokes along at 1GHz or less.

I can understand this rationale, but it means that when it comes to PCs, the Third World will also be third-rate -- and that's not too fair. Agree? Disagree? Shoot me your thoughts at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on May 15, 2008 at 11:52 AM


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