The software manufacturer has released a press statement which sheds more light on a forthcoming flash-based Windows XP operating system.
The announcement comes as hardware manufacturers heat up to the idea of flash-based low power, low specifications computers.
Originally spearheaded by the OLPC project, the concept has now snowballed and has been adopted by Intel and Asus with their Classmate and EEE range respectively.
As expected, Microsoft specified that there are no plans to offer a version of Windows that is compatible with the XO laptop for retail purchase in the U.S. and Canada.
James Utzschneider, the GM of Marketing and Communications for the Unlimited Potential group at Microsoft, provides with more background details on the obstacles and challenges that are involved in porting Windows XP to the OLPC platform.
Arguably, it will be less difficult to get it to run on the EEE and the Classmate as they are basically slower computers.
Commercially available application like XPLite allows Windows XP users to reduce the size of their installation to under 350MB which should easily fit on a flash drive.
Furthermore, there have been rumours back in February 2004 that Microsoft was going to launch localised versions of a light version of Windows XP which would have been sold for USD 38.