2nd citation - Benjamin J. Romano Apr. 3-Microsoft, looking...

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Benjamin J. Romano Apr. 3--Microsoft, looking to tap a new market and fend off competition from open-source software, is extending support for a basic version of Windows XP on a new class of low-end hardware. The company announced today that it will allow computer manufacturers to put Windows XP Home on so-called ultra-low-cost PCs (ULPCs) such as the ASUS Eee PC until at least June 30, 2010. These machines can cost as little as $300 and typically do not have enough memory and processing power to run even the most basic version of Windows Vista , the latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system. Windows XP will no longer be sold at retail after June 30 of this year and most PC manufacturers will have to stop installing it on new machines at that time, too. Smaller, independent system builders have until Jan. 31, 2009. Those deadlines left manufacturers of ULPCs with few operating system options from Microsoft, opening the door to competitors. That's troubling to Microsoft because many ULPCs are sold in emerging markets, which represent the best opportunities for growth as mature markets in the U.S. and Western Europe are maxed out. Microsoft previously said an even more stripped-down version of XP, called Starter Edition, will
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