Microsoft has partnered with the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program to make the Microsoft Windows operating system available on OLPCs low-cost XO laptops for the world’s poorest children.
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Program helps children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. The XO Laptop is a flexible, low cost, power efficient, responsive, and durable computer for use by children. They recently ran the Give One Get One program to spread the word.
Now the XO laptop will have the ability to host both Windows and Linux operating systems, giving users the ability to run either on the XO laptop. Microsoft has developed customized drivers for Windows on the XO laptop and Windows now supports the laptop’s e-book reading mode, standard Wi-Fi networking, camera, writing pad and custom keys, power-saving and other features of the XO hardware. Now hundreds of third-party applications and devices available for Windows will be compatible with the XO laptop.
This will help XO laptop to become more compatible and acceptable to the community at large. Microsoft aggressive marketing strategy to put Windows on every computer in the world is what made Bill Gates the richest man and Microsoft the world’s leading company. Even Apple had to incorporate Windows compatibility to reach a wider customer base to sell iMacs and Macbooks.