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Dell pulls out of netbook market

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Dell has discontinued making consumer netbooks and appears to be ready to phase out its Latitude business netbooks in favor of larger ultrabooks, says an industry report. The netbook shutdown follows Dell's termination of sales of its Streak 7 Android tablet earlier this month.

A few years ago netbooks were a staple of LinuxDevices coverage, but then Microsoft helped kill off the Linux netbook by lowering the price of Windows XP and applying marketing pressures. Before long, Windows netbooks started fading, too, brought down by the rise of tablets and smartphones, the end of the recession, as well as the format's own inherent limitations. Lately, netbooks have been rare to find even on our sister site WindowsForDevices.

Most major PC manufacturers still carry a few netbook models, and they're selling reasonably well in emerging nations, but in most markets, netbooks are dead in the water.

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