James Utzschneider, General Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Unlimited Potential Group, announced that:
Microsoft internally “RTM’ed” (Released to Manufacturing) the Windows XP version we are building for the OLPC XO computer. Windows on the XO looks like it is on track for availability in these types of national educational PC deals in September. We still have no plans to make Windows available for individuals who bought an XO in the Give 1 Get 1 program though.
The “national educational PC deal” to which Utzschneider seemingly is referring is a deal between Intel and Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim to provide 50,000 Intel Classmate Netbooks running Windows and Office to poor students in Mexico. These machines will be running Windows and Office. The agreement is between Fundacion Telmex and Intel, and the 50,000 machines are apparently the first phase of a broader, long term commitment.
“Netbooks” is a term the industry increasingly seems to be using to describe these low cost, flash based machines. I know I have called the Ultra Low Cost PCs (ULPCs) in the past, but I like the term Netbook a lot more.