Linked by David Adams on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 16:36 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Windows As of today, Microsoft won't allow manufacturers to install XP on new netbooks," says blogger Kevin Fogarty. "That doesn't mean corporate customers who special-order hardware with XP won't be able to get it, or even that its market share ( 60 percent!) will drop any time soon.... It just means XP has taken the first babystep toward obsolescence and the long (really long, considering its market share) slide down toward the pit of minor operating systems like the MacOS X (4.39 percent) , Java ME (.95 percent) and "Other" (which I think is an alternative spelling for "Linux" (.85 percent).
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Maybe an overdue step
by BlueofRainbow on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 17:22 UTC
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It's interesting that this comes on the same day as Windows 7 turns 1-year-old!

The netbook/netpad market which has been emerging over the last couple of years is a very different beast than the corporate market. The non-availability of Windows XP on new devices for end-users will be a blessing.

Apple has already taken a sizeable lead on this path for the next generation of user-devices with the iPad (netpad format) and the Air (netbook format). The user experience on these devices is polished and keeps the complexities of the OS out of the user's view. The funnelling of the Apps through the Apple iStore may become a blessing or a frustration depending on how attentive Apple will be to the wishes of its developer and user bases.

Having frequented OSNews for a while, I have come to the observation that, with the exception of the One-Laptop-Per-Child initiative, none of the major Linux distributions currently available have been conceived primarly for netbook/netpad devices. Even then, the OLPC native user-interface was received by many with mixed blessings mostly because it appeared so different than what has been the norm on a desktop. Maybe, there should have been a "One-Cell-Phone-Per-Child" initiative which would have introduced us to the user-interface in an indirect fashion.

By dis-allowing the Windows XP option for new netbook/netpad devices, Microsoft may actually help the development and viral dissemination of a Linux-based netbook/netpad focused user experience. This is my hope.

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