Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2008 23:23 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "After the incredible success of the Asus Eee PC, other manufacturers are ready to get their piece of the pie. This means that within the next few months we are going to see this segment go from just two devices - the Eee PC and the Nanobook (which has yet to come out in the U.S. but which we have been hearing about for some time) - to many more." Another article on the Eee says: "Five of the 10 best-selling notebooks, including the top three models this weekend do not run Windows or Mac OS X. In fact, they are different models of the same diminutive notebook the Asus Eee PC - that runs on Linux."
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It's a New World out There
by Peter Besenbruch on Thu 31st Jan 2008 03:12 UTC
Peter Besenbruch
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2006-03-13

I found the point raised at the start of the second linked article hard to believe, so I went and checked for myself. Of the top ten, ninth place is taken by an HP machine running Vista. First, second, fifth, and sixth place are taken by various Macbooks. Third, fourth, seventh, eighth, and tenth place are taken by the various flavors of the EEE PC.

Not quite what the author of the article found, but stunning, none-the-less. Times have changed. I wonder if anyone in Microsoft's management checks these things?

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RE: It's a New World out There
by Wintermute on Thu 31st Jan 2008 06:44 in reply to "It's a New World out There"
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2005-07-30

MS is doing just fine. They may not dominate the top 10 notebook model list, but that's to be expected. Considering that literally countless notebook OEMs (with a pretty large range of products) use MS based OSs its not surprising to see Apple and the EeePC to have such a large presence on that list.

What really matters to MS is global share of vista/xp based notebooks. And they are doing fine on that front...

Although I guess MS should be at least a little bit worried. Growth of the budget ultraportable market could become a problem for them, especially considering the current direction MS is taking (Vista being a pig, efforts to undermine OS piracy, failure to bring about a viable low end product - who in their sane mind is going to use Vista starter edition?).

Edited 2008-01-31 06:45 UTC

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