Microsoft sees Linux on Netbooks not just as a niche market, but as a threat to its desktop share as well. It’s finally taking Linux seriously as a desktop operating system, and Windows 7 is looking to be the tool Microsoft has designed to kill Linux. At Microsoft’s PDC, where the pre-beta of Windows 7 was unveiled, Steven Sinofsky showed off Windows 7 on his Lenovo S10 and said it used less than half of the netbook’s 1GB of RAM.
Jerry Shen of Asus announced plans to release, Windows 7–powered Eee PC in mid-2009, including a touch-screen version. With netbook return rates much higher for Linux than Windows XP versions, the high point for Linux netbook sales will be from now until the launch of Windows 7. After that will come the inevitable decline. Ultimately, consumers will be the ones to tell us what they really want in a device like this, and how they would use them.