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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Is Android On Netbooks Microsoft's Worst Nightmare?

Now that Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that it's considering using Google's Android operating system in its netbooks, the 10% share of the netbook market that Linux currently enjoys looks poised to grow.

Although many early netbooks shipped with Linux, Microsoft has since slashed the price of Windows XP Home -- the version that most commonly ships with netbooks -- and taken a commanding share of the netbook OS market. The fact that many netbook buyers are unfamiliar with the various Linux distributions that ship with netbooks also has hampered adoption.

"Android-based netbooks would start tapping into the Google 'cool factor,' and more people would be exposed to a brand name in which they've already developed trust," said Bernard Golden, CEO of Hyperstratus, a San Carlos, Calif.-based solution provider.

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