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No, it's not another product or a new sales figure or them buying out another company. More importantly, the company has joined OLPC.

OLPC is the one laptop per child program that Nicholas Negroponte started in 2005. The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege.

Kudos to Microsoft for making Windows run on these low cost laptops.  Now, the laptop will have dual boot to Windows or Linux. Both Microsoft and OLPC promised to work with governments and nongovernmental organizations to ensure that the pilot program will be a success, and furthermore, they announced their intention to give users the possibility to run either Windows or Linux operating systems on their XO laptop.

Microsoft has been working for over a year with several partners to develop customized drivers able to run Windows operating system on XO laptops, the company said, adding that Windows supports the laptop’s e-book reading mode, standard Wi-Fi networking, camera, writing pad and custom keys, as well as power-saving and other features.



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