updated 04:45 pm EST, Fri January 11, 2008
MS Denies Dual Boot OLPC
Microsoft is not working with the One Laptop Per Child project to develop a dual-boot version of the XO notebook, the former company has said through a spokesperson. The software developer says it has "investigated the possibility" of taking the Linux and Windows hybrid approach but reiterated previous claims that it was conducting tests this month with a Windows-only version of the developing-world system. This contradicts claims by OLPC head Nicholas Negroponte that Windows would co-exist alongside the system, according to reports.
The official response has not expanded on when or if Microsoft intends to complete a Windows-based XO system and how the system will be distributed. The current Linux model has largely been restricted to shipments to developing-world schools outside of a limited-run sale to North American customers during the holidays. Microsoft has most often focused on first-world education and only recently began offering low-cost copies of Windows.