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April 4, 2008

Ultra-low-cost PCs extend life of Windows XP


by Janet Harris
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The introduction of ultra-low-cost PCs (ULCPCs) has led Microsoft to extend the availability of its Windows XP operating system until 2010, rather than discontinuing it this summer as originally planned.

Microsoft’s partners and customers have called for Windows XP to be available for ULCPCs because they want the familiarity, compatibility and support available on the Windows platform.

The Asus Eee PC, for example, can only run Linux or Windows XP. Compatibility with Vista, the successor to Windows XP, would significantly increase the hardware cost.

ULCPCs are mobile computers designed for first-time PC buyers and for customers who want a device to complement their primary Windows-based PC.

They generally have smaller screens and lower-powered processors than more expensive mobile PCs.

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