Microsoft to limit capabilities of cheap laptops

Agam Shah reports:

''Microsoft is launching a program to promote the use of its Windows OS in ultra low-cost PCs, one effect of which will be to limit the hardware capabilities of this type of device, IDG News Service has learned.

Microsoft plans to offer PC makers steep discounts on Windows XP Home Edition to encourage them to use that OS instead of Linux on ultra low-cost PCs (ULPCs). To be eligible, however, the PC vendors that make ULPCs must limit screen sizes to 10.2 inches and hard drives to 80G bytes, and they cannot offer touch-screen PCs.

The program is outlined in confidential documents that Microsoft sent to PC makers last month, and which were obtained by IDG News Service.''

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gamesR4fun3866d ago

low blow crippling the hardware they'll support to drive users to their bloatware...
Good news for linux tho

pharmd3865d ago

i feel bad for the people that wont know any better and buy them thinking they are getting a full fledged PC

Alexander Roy3865d ago

As much as I love XP after all these years and would love to see it available in the next years, this is a needed step for Microsoft. If they do not limit the availability of XP, Vista will have a harder time.

BrianC62343865d ago

Your post doesn't really make sense regarding this story. This was about Microsoft offering a cheap version of XP Home for cheap laptops to make sure Linux isn't on them. But Linux is a much better choice than Windows if you can't afford a real computer.

MicroDeath SoftStar3865d ago

what is with MS trying to control everything ?
I say down with their franchise .

BrianC62343865d ago

Why waste system resources in a cheap laptop? Windows is way too bloated. Just use Linux. It's free and much more powerful than windows. And there is a lot of free software online you can download and use. Linux is the way to go with cheap computers. If you can't afford a full powered computer you can't afford all the extra software you'll have to buy for Windows.