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Microsoft: Stripped-Down Version of Windows XP for OLPC Due in 2008

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New details surfaced Wednesday about Microsoft's plans to get Windows XP running on the OLPC.

Microsoft has been openly eyeing the OLPC project's XO Children's Machine for a year now, eager to see some version of Windows running on the tiny laptops. The design of the laptop, however, presents significant roadblocks for Microsoft -- the memory and processor capabilities of the machines were chosen with the much lighter Linux-based Sugar OS in mind. Windows is just too resource-heavy.

Microsoftie James Utzschneider, a member of MS's new "Unlimited Potential" program, has posted a lengthy overview of where the Windows-on-OLPC project stands now.

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I am happy to disappoint you with news from both OLPC and Microsoft.
First off, OLPC has updated its FAQ with this emphatic "No":

Can I load Microsoft Windows onto the XO laptop?

No. The XO laptop features the Linux operating system and includes software specifically designed for children and the XO. However, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint documents can be opened on the XO laptop. Additionally, there are thousands of developers around the world currently creating software and content for the XO. For more information, visit http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Activities.

Better yet, we have word from Microsoft on its progress in squeezing its bloatware software onto the Children's Machine. Unlimited Potential blogger, James Utzschneider has clairified XP for the XO as "That’s not really the case yet"

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Stripped-Down Version of Windows XP for OLPC Due in 2008

They'd probably be better off with Linux than an antiquated version of Windows that's over six years old.

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