Microsoft said to charge $15 for XP on netbooks

By on April 20, 2009, 5:33 AM
A recent Gartner Analysis prediction suggests that overall sales of netbooks will increase to 21 million units in 2009, or roughly 80%, while PC sales are expected to decrease by 11.9%. In order to gain further ground in this newly Windows-dominated segment, Microsoft is strategically offering Windows XP on netbooks for a steep discount.

Although the software giant has yet to publicly disclose its pricing for netbook licenses, an unnamed source quoted by the Wall Street Journal has leaked that Microsoft will be selling licenses for a mere $15, or less. For reference, when purchased in large lots, PC makers are commonly charged between $50 and $60 per copy of Windows Vista for a typical notebook system, and $30 for the Starter Edition of Windows.

With Windows 7 on the horizon, Microsoft has its sights set on targeting even the lowest budget netbook with its Windows 7 Starter Edition. On the other hand, companies like Acer and Intel doubt on the success of the Starter Edition due to the three-application cap and fees associated with upgrading. Perhaps we'll be seeing a Linux comeback?

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tengeta said:
Considering when I got my eeePC, the price was no different than its Linux counterpart. Actually, that was the reason I got it, considered it a free XP License... although I wouldn't have paid for Home Edition actually heh. I'll probably end up using Linux in the long run on it though.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
No, we won't see a Linux comeback until the manufacturers 1) advertise Linux options instead of hiding them, 2) provide the Linux machines with same hardware options instead of cheaper alternatives, 3) install a normal Linux distro instead of some horribly modified one.
peas said:
An earlier Microsoft study found that average users have up to 8 applications running at once. Now M$ is saying the average person only runs 3 apps (hence that cap on Win7 starter). Typical marketing BS and self-fulfilling prophecies
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