It didn't take long after the Eee PC's release for owners to get around the system software and have Windows XP up and running on the smallish wonder. Asus has now announced they will be supporting the OS officially, with Windows-powered Eee PCs shipping very soon. For the time being Asus is showing them off at CeBit, with the final pricing yet to be disclosed, although it is somewhat safe to assume a price premium will be involved to pay for the XP license.
Soon the Eee will not be alone however, as many different companies have announced their intentions of entering the low-price, subnotebook market. Not surprisingly, it's other Asian manufacturing giants who feel they are up to the task, namely Acer and ECS. Meanwhile, Asus is also working on an improved Eee that will carry a 8.9-inch screen, albeit at a larger price.