While Windows XP prepares to leave desktop and traditional notebook computers and begin a new life on UMPC’s (like the Asus Eee PC and MSI Wind), Microsoft has announced that they will be supporting the OS through at least the year 2014. This support will include security patches and critical updates.
This is a good time to remind everyone that June 30th will be the last day to buy a retail copy of Windows XP, so if you don’t have it yet but want it better think about ordering it soon.
Bill Veghte, senior vice president at Microsoft, says “our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years.”
And that Windows Vista sucks (oops). Honestly, user satisfaction is around 33% according to the last figure I saw, so 67% or so of Vista users are satisfied.
It’s nice that the majority of Vista users are satisfied, but to have so many people unhappy with the most important piece of software on their computer–the operating system–is bad.
[Via Download Squad]
Back by “popular demand”, Dell is extending the deadline to order systems with Windows XP to June 26th (the previous deadline was June 18th).
You’ll know have the option to order an Inspiron 530 or 530s without a penalty to go with XP over Windows Vista. After that new deadline you’ll have to pay a fee to go with XP until the option finally goes away for good on June 30th for all but the UMPC category which includes machines like the MSI Wind.
If you’ve been dragging your feet ordering a new computer from Dell with Windows XP, better hurry–June 30th is the final day Microsoft will allow XP to be sold by hardware manufacturers like Dell before they’ll be forced to transition to Vista.
After June 18th, Dell will still allow you to order a certain machine with XP installed but they will charge a small fee.
XP isn’t completely going away, but it will no longer be offered on standard computers and instead will begin its new live on UMPC’s like the MSI Wind (among others).
Laptop Mag managed to get their hands on pricing for the Asus Eee PC 901 and 1000 notebooks for the US market.
The 901 will sell for $599 for either the Windows XP version with a 12GB SSD or a Linux version with a 20GB SSD
The 1000 will sell for $699 for the Windows XP or Linux version with a 40GB SSD and the 1000H will sell for $649 and use an 80GB hard drive instead of an SSD.
Specs aren’t 100% final for the 1000 series so things could possibly change before launch.
Still no word on an officially release date so if you’re interested stay tuned…
A bit late to the party, Dell is preparing to launch a new, smaller Inspiron mini notebook computer to compete with the likes of the Asus Eee PC, MSI Wind, etc.
Not much is known yet about the system but it is expected to launch by August of this year and feature an 8.9-inch display and no function keys–the F1, F2, etc. keys will be dropped.
The mini Inspiron will likely be using Intel’s Atom processor and be available with either Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux.
Lots of UMPC goodness coming out of Computex Taipei, this time from Acer.
The newly announced Acer Aspire One is a UMPC with specs like:
- 8.9 inch 1024 x 600 LCD-backlit display
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
- 512MB DDR2 RAM
- 80GB hard drive for Windows XP version, 8GB SSD (solid-state drive) for Linux version
- 1.3 megapixel camera
- SDHC and multi-format card readers
- 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- One free mini PCI slow for WWAN
- 3 or 6-cell battery options
- 2.2 pounds
Look for it to be released later this month overseas for £199 for the Linux version and £299 for the XP version in your choice of blue or white, with red and black models coming later on. It SHOULD be coming to the US later this year.
For more info check out the product page here. Honestly, it seems lean on content but has some decent pictures. Hopefully they’ll add more substance soon.
We already know almost everything there is to know about the MSI Wind, but today MSI is officially announcing it’s launch.
In case you haven’t been following it, the Wind is an Asus Eee PC alternative whose specs include:
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor
- 512MB of RAM for Linux version, 1GB for Windows version
- 80GB hard drive
- 3-cell battery for Linux version, 6-cell battery for Windows XP version
- 1.3 megapixel webcam
Laptop Magazine got their hands on the Windows version of the Wind and call it “the best all-around mini-notebook to date.”
The found the pros of the 2.6 pound notebook to be:
- Relatively large 10-inch screen
- Fast boot time (34 seconds)
- Long battery life (over 5 hours)
- Conformable keyboard
- One-touch TurboDrive CPU overclocking
Not all is perfect, of course. They didn’t care for the single-bar mouse, below-average wireless throughput and limited tech support with no toll-free number.
The pros, however, far outweigh the cons and they gave the Wind their editors choice award.
Look for the Windows XP model to ship on June 16th for $499 and the Linux version to ship later this summer for $399.
For more info, pics and benchmark scores check out Laptop Magazine’s full review here.
This morning Via announced the next version of its NanoBook UMPC, the OpenBook.
The OpenBook is a reference design, meaning that its design being distributed as a CAD file under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 license so Via won’t be making the notebook itself but OEM’s will be able to using Via’s design.
Features of the OpenBook design include:
- 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor with dedicated side video processor able to play HD movies
- Using new VIA VX800 chipset
- 8.9-inch LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution
- WiMAX, HSDPA and EV-DO
- 3 USB ports
- 4-in-1 card reader
- 2 webcams
- Up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM
- Room for a 2.5-inch hard drive
- Supports Windows XP, Vista or Linux
- 4-cell battery with around 3 hours of life
Since VIA won’t be manufacturing the notebook itself they can’t give a for sure price point for OpenBook’s but expects the price to be around $600.
For more info about the OpenBook and to download the CAD files check out www.viaopenbook.com.
To see a hands-on video check out Engadget’s post here.
Earlier this month when Microsoft released SP3 for Windows XP, users with an HP computer that had an AMD processor found a tiny problem when their computer would enter an endless reboot cycle.
The problem seems to have stemmed from some Intel drivers having been installed on the systems as part of the factory load. HP has been working on a fix for this and has work around info posted here, but Microsoft has offered up its own work around: block SP3 for HP users with an AMD chip.
Hopefully a better solution will be available soon from either HP or Microsoft. I guess HP didn’t do any testing with SP3 on their machines before it was released? Oops.
Today Microsoft and OLPC released a joint press release professing their love for one another…or something like that.
Like it or not, OLPC and Microsoft have been working on brining Windows XP to the little OLPC XO computer and things are good and official now—Windows XP will be available on the XO and will be available this August or September, but some countries may be able to get their hands on it as soon as next month.
Andrés Gonzalez Díaz, governor of Cundinamarca, Colombia, says “as I plan my region’s investment in technology, I must evaluate the best way to provide quality education and prepare my citizens for the work force…Windows support on the XO device means that our students and educators will now have access to more than computer-assisted learning experiences. They will also develop marketable technology skills, which can lead to jobs and opportunities for our youth of today and the work force of tomorrow.”
You can check out the full press release here if you’re interested.