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Flash-based Windows XP coming up soon

The software manufacturer has released a press statement (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) that Microsoft was going to launch localised versions of a light version of Windows XP which would have been sold for USD 38.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.