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Microsoft wins : OLPC XO laptop adopts Windows XP

Microsoft has announced that it has reached an agreement to get Windows XP running on the One Lapotp Per Child XO laptop.

The customised Windows XP for OLPC version will not support the mesh feature that would allow laptops to network seamlessly and will not offer the Sugar educational software package.

Partners will be able to get their hands on a dual boot version of the laptop, although it is unknown whether the OLPC Chairman, Nicholas Negroponte, will be able bring the prices down to the original $100 pitch.

The OLPC device is also understood to come with a $3 Student Innovation Suite which comes with Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0 and Learning Essentials 2.0 as well as Windows Live Mail.

The One Laptop Per Children project certainly kick started a technological revolution by promising to bring top end technology (rather than obsolete, also ran, leftovers) to children in third world countries.

What it also caused, was a series of controversial moves by a number of technological companies like Intel or Microsoft who openly criticised the very fundamentals of the OLPC project.

But then the EEE came along and gradually diluted the appeal of the OLPC project much to the frustration of the open source community.

Now every major computer manufacturer have plans to release ultra portable, ultra cheap laptops which will make the OLPC unique proposal rather insignificant.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.