Microsoft to prolong XP’s execution date
Intel is using IDF to herald the imminent arrival of handheld computers and low-cost laptops based on its upcoming Atom processors. Many of these devices will lack the storage capacity and memory needed to run Vista. As a result, hardware makers and industry analysts expect most to run either Windows XP or Linux. Intel has also been working closely with Linux developers to customize the open source operating system for handheld computers it calls “mobile Internet devices,” or MIDs.
Vista is not deemed a practical option for laptops equipped with just 512MB of RAM and 2GB of storage. Even Vista Starter, the low-cost and stripped-down version that Microsoft developed for emerging markets, still requires 15GB of free storage. Another problem is Vista’s cost, which would likely push system prices beyond the $250 to $300 range where Intel hopes to see many of these Atom-based laptops priced.