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Asus to offer Windows-based Eee PCs

Asus confirmed that it will offer Microsoft Windows on its superbudget laptop.

Asus Eee PC

The low-cost Eee PC may have been officially announced only last week, but Asus has kept the buzz going by confirming that it will offer Windows preloaded on the Eee PC by the end of the year. "With the addition of Microsoft Windows," reads the press release, "the Eee PC can now also accommodate educational and corporate requirements." It's a smart move on the part of Asus; provided the laptop's price remains below $500, a Windows-based Eee PC will have tremendous appeal to schools and parents who want to give every child his or her own laptop.

But there's the rub: Asus has yet to declare the price of the Windows-based laptop. Nor did the company state which version of Windows would be available, though Laptoping rightly points out that the Eee PC's hardware specs are Windows XP compatible. And we have to wonder whether consumers will even buy the Linux-based Eee PC when it's released at the end of this month, considering a Windows-based version is right around the corner. What do you think?