Wednesday, March 5th 2008

ASUS Officially Launches Eee PC with Microsoft Windows Operating System

Amidst great expectations, ASUS today launched the ASUS Eee PC pre-installed with Microsoft Windows XP. This new offering of the ever-popular Eee PC promises to let users enjoy an efficient online and work management experience with the incorporated Windows Live and Microsoft Works features. This will help create additional opportunities for students and other personal PC users who desire a portable and affordable PC to easily access the Internet virtually anywhere.

Easy to Learn, Work and Play
Lightweight and ultra compact, the Eee PC has generated incredible media attention as well as enthusiastic public interest since its inception. Providing users with a comprehensive Internet experience based on three Es: Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent on-the-go, the Eee PC accommodates both experienced and inexperienced PC users alike. With the addition of the familiar Windows XP interface, users can better integrate and achieve total compatibility with current software and applications.

Microsoft Windows XP Experience
Pre-installed with Windows XP, the Eee PC provides an easy, convenient and fuss-free platform to seamlessly integrate multiple devices, applications and services. On top of this flexibility, the consistent interface provides a safe and dependable operating environment. Complementing this ease-of-use is Microsoft Works, which equips the user with numerous applications that include word processing, spreadsheet, database management and address books.

The Windows Live Style
In addition to the Windows operating system, consumers with the Eee PC will be able to access Windows Live, which is a set of personal Internet services and software to manage their online world more efficiently and safely. Some key features include Windows Live Mail,which consolidates all the various email accounts into one place on the user's desktop and eliminates multiple log-ins; Windows Live Messenger to help keep users connected with each other easily and instantly; Windows Live Photo Gallery that easily organizes, sends, posts and shares photos with friends and family; and Windows Live Family Safety, which offers built-in family safety features including safer browsing for children via Web site management.

"The Eee PC has been a tremendous success since our initial launch in October last year, and feedback gathered from consumers have aided us in providing even greater enhancements with our new range of Eee PCs," said Jonathan Tsang, Vice Chairman of ASUS. "With the new Windows-based offerings, a greater amount of work ease is expected through full compatibility with Windows applications, while Windows Live and Microsoft Works features will certainly add to greater online interaction and work efficiency."

"Technology is a fundamental tool to enable social and economic opportunity, but today five billion people around the world still remain without access," said Will Poole, Corporate Vice President for the Unlimited Potential Group at Microsoft. "By introducing the Eee PC with Windows, ASUS is providing Windows-based applications and services to millions of people that can benefit tremendously from an affordable laptop for education, work, communication and entertainment."Source: ASUS
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15 Comments on ASUS Officially Launches Eee PC with Microsoft Windows Operating System

#1
Necrofire
The Eee PC is getting more attractive every day, I'm looking for a new laptop since mine sucks so bad, I hate HP.
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#2
Rob!
I wonder how much it will cost now that it has OS license fees.
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#3
lemonadesoda
I wonder how long it will be before MS releases a Vista "lite" that is suitable for running on small, low power, low horsepower laptops. They certainly want to kill off XP asap, but clearly, they cant do that just yet. The old, "your pc/laptop is so old you need to buy a new one... to run vista" is no longer a business viable argument with the WHOLE INDUSTRY going toward ultraportables.

I'm looking forward to a Windows 2003 type kernal without the server services that can run on a low power machine. Perhaps there could be a vlite for Server 2008?


OMG, Windows on the 7" screen. Oh noes!

They should put this on the 9" with the vidcam. Surely they must have made a mistake, or are they trying to clear old stock eee's to unsuspecting buyers?

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#4
Homeless
I really hope they sell linux versions as well since I don't feel like paying for a windows license
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#5
jocksteeluk
by: Rob!
I wonder how much it will cost now that it has OS license fees.
It wouldn't surprise me if it costed the same price as the Linux version because MS don't want to give the masses any reason at all to learn Linux as an alternate to their operating systems.
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#6
mab1376
they just took everything that was cool and unique about it and put fucking windows on it. :shadedshu
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#7
substance90
by: lemonadesoda
I wonder how long it will be before MS releases a Vista "lite" that is suitable for running on small, low power, low horsepower laptops. They certainly want to kill off XP asap, but clearly, they cant do that just yet. The old, "your pc/laptop is so old you need to buy a new one... to run vista" is no longer a business viable argument with the WHOLE INDUSTRY going toward ultraportables.

I'm looking forward to a Windows 2003 type kernal without the server services that can run on a low power machine. Perhaps there could be a vlite for Server 2008?


OMG, Windows on the 7" screen. Oh noes!

They should put this on the 9" with the vidcam. Surely they must have made a mistake, or are they trying to clear old stock eee's to unsuspecting buyers?


Look at the shot YOU posted closer ;)
The 9 inch Eee on the right has XP on it.
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#8
1c3d0g
by: Rob!
I wonder how much it will cost now that it has OS license fees.
About $600 for the new Eee PC, according to some reports I've read online.

B.t.w., I *really* like your avatar... ;)
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#9
Triprift
thats a pretty good price i liked to origanal alot and this one looks even better wd asus.
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#10
captainskyhawk
by: Rob!
I wonder how much it will cost now that it has OS license fees.
Probably not any more at all. It's called "dumping" on a market, and it's one of the most anti-competitive business practices there is, and Microsoft is terrible for it. It's supposed to be against the law.
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#11
DaedalusHelios
Are they gonna make a 9" version with just Linux..... I hope so because thats what I wanna give to my GF.:cool:

Its fine if it comes with XP as long as it doesn't cost any extra. I hope the 9" is 500USD or less.
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#12
AddSub
About $600 for the new Eee PC, according to some reports I've read online.
Ouch! At my local MicroCenter you can get a pretty good fully functional laptop for that much cash. What the heck happened to $199 laptops ASUS initially promised last year? Oh, I get it, marketing bs. The one thing ASUS is really good at.
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[I.R.A]_FBi
by: AddSub
Ouch! At my local MicroCenter you can get a pretty good fully functional laptop for that much cash. What the heck happened to $199 laptops ASUS initially promised last year? Oh, I get it, marketing bs. The one thing ASUS is really good at.
ill cosign that ...
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#14
DaedalusHelios
by: AddSub
Ouch! At my local MicroCenter you can get a pretty good fully functional laptop for that much cash. What the heck happened to $199 laptops ASUS initially promised last year? Oh, I get it, marketing bs. The one thing ASUS is really good at.
Oh, well that sucks. :ohwell:
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#15
candle_86
by: lemonadesoda
I wonder how long it will be before MS releases a Vista "lite" that is suitable for running on small, low power, low horsepower laptops. They certainly want to kill off XP asap, but clearly, they cant do that just yet. The old, "your pc/laptop is so old you need to buy a new one... to run vista" is no longer a business viable argument with the WHOLE INDUSTRY going toward ultraportables.

I'm looking forward to a Windows 2003 type kernal without the server services that can run on a low power machine. Perhaps there could be a vlite for Server 2008?


OMG, Windows on the 7" screen. Oh noes!

They should put this on the 9" with the vidcam. Surely they must have made a mistake, or are they trying to clear old stock eee's to unsuspecting buyers?


they do its Vista Starter Edition, runs on a P3 500 instead of 800, but alas its only avaible in 3rd world countries
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