Asus launches Eee PC with Windows XP pre-installed

Using a Linux operating system allows Asus to sell the Eee PC at such a low price, but now the Taiwanese computer maker has announced a version of the sub-notebook that comes with Windows XP pre-installed. The Eee PC has been able to run Windows XP since its release, with Asus providing the drivers necessary for users wishing to ditch the default Linux OS. However, this will be the first time the company sells its budget sub-notebook with Windows installed as standard.

According to Asus, the Windows-flavored Eee incorporates Microsoft Works office suite, which includes word processing, spreadsheet, database, and calendar applications. Asus is also emphasizing the machine's access to Microsoft's Windows Live web applications like Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Photo Gallery, and Windows Live Family Safety. The company's focus on Microsoft web apps contrasts with its focus on Google apps like iGoogle and Google Documents on the Linux Eee.

Asus' press release doesn't specify when Windows-powered Eees will start hitting store shelves, nor how much they will cost. However, the company says it's already displaying the systems at CeBIT.

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