Media player-less XP not popular with OEMs


— 3:06 PM on June 15, 2005

Although the European Competition Commissioner ordered Microsoft to offer a version of Windows XP without an integrated media player, major PC manufacturers seem uninterested in the slimmed down operating system.

Microsoft will make an updated version of Window XP N available on Wednesday, but none of the computer manufacturers that ZDNet UK spoke to are considering preinstalling it on desktops or laptops.

Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Fujitsu Siemens all said they have no firm plans to install Windows XP N, citing a lack of customer demand. A Dell representative added Tuesday that customers expect to have a media player included.

To be fair, the media player-less version of XP isn't any cheaper than the standard version of the OS, giving PC builders little incentive to switch unless customers demand it.
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