Microsoft is soon going to be faced with a very interesting problem that will require a command decision by the higher ups. Should Microsoft keep Windows XP around for awhile longer or just give the mini-laptop market to Linux? As part of their game plan, Microsoft has told OEM’s no more Windows XP after June 30, 2008.
Now for the problem. The newest low cost mini-laptops most likely will be powered by Intel’s new Atom chip. These lost chip, low energy chips don’t have the poop to run the resource hogging Vista operating system. Yet should be able to handle the mobile version of Windows XP such as the one being used on the Asus Eee PC.
But wait. Aren’t we all supposed to dump XP and jump on the Vista wagon? Well this wagon may have a couple of bumps in the road. If Microsoft relinquishes this market to Linux, than XP could go bye-bye. On the other hand, when has Microsoft ever given up in any market segment?
Because of this we may see Windows XP for many more moons to come.
What do you think?
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