updated 12:45 pm EDT, Mon October 20, 2008
EeePC sales, Win 7 support
ASUS' Eee PC -- frequently cited as the original netbook -- is still doing extremely well, claims the company's CEO. Jerry Shen says that over 4 million Eees have been sold since the product's debut last year, and the company hopes to reach 5 million before the end of 2008. The Eee line has extended to include several netbooks, and an all-in-one desktop computer, the EeeTop. It is facing increasing competition however, from companies such as Acer, Dell and MSI.
Shen notably adds that touchscreen Eees, confirmed earlier this month, should begin shipping in early 2009. The systems may potentially be usable in tablet form, and could also have Windows 7 as soon as mid-2009, even though Microsoft has repeatedly stated that it is not rushing 7 to compensate for failings in Windows Vista. Although Chen's statement could prove inaccurate, Windows 7 is known to be heavily themed around supporting touch and tablet control.