OLPC will not shun Microsoft

While the news Microsoft is developing a version of Windows for the so-called $100 laptop has caused some consternation, the head of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation said the project could not promote openness if it blocked Windows.Microsoft corporate VP Will Poole told Reuters last week that the software giant is working on a […]

While the news Microsoft is developing a version of Windows for the so-called $100 laptop has caused some consternation, the head of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation said the project could not promote openness if it blocked Windows.

Microsoft corporate VP Will Poole told Reuters last week that the software giant is working on a stripped down version of Windows XP to run on the ruggedised laptops, destined for schoolchildren in developing countries. According to the exec, the OS could be ready in a "few months".

The educational laptop (see video below ),  known as the XO, has been built using free and open source software -- part of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Foundation's drive to allow XO's young users to modify the laptop's software as they see fit.

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