Microsoft Claims 96% of Netbooks Run Windows
Microsoft asserts that about 96 percent of mininotebooks, or netbooks, currently on the market run some version of Windows, rather than Linux. Dell, Hewlett-Packard and other makers have been focusing on feeding increased public demand for netbooks, as more people seem to be purchasing them in search of cheap computing power in the midst of a global recession.Microsoft claims that Windows runs on 96 percent of the mininotebooks known as netbooks that currently constitute one of the fastest-growing segments of the IT hardware industry. Hardware companies such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Asustek Computer have all plunged into manufacturing netbooks, which are compact units that trade weight and computing power for connectivity and portability, and whose adoption on the enterprise side could eventually be driven by an increasingly mobile work force demanding an array of connected devices while on the road.
"Initially, some in the industry viewed low-cost netbook PCs as a new challenge for Microsoft and an opportunity for Linux to make inroads in the consumer market," Brandon LeBlanc, a Windows communications manager, wrote on the Windows Experience Blog. "In fact, the exact opposite turned out to be true-a number of analysts and researchers following the space see ample evidence indicating customers really do want netbook PCs to work like their larger brethren-and that the way the vast majority of consumers make that happen is by buying a netbook PC with Windows."