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ASUS dominating Netbooks--touch screen on the horizon

ASUS is the clear leader in the Netbook category. The company has big plans for continued innovation.

Kevin's hand vs. Eee PC
Kevin's hand vs. Eee PC Dave Rosenberg

In a recent interview with Laptop Mag, ASUS CEO Jerry Shen provided some highlights of the existing product sales and what we'll see in the future.

The future includes laptops starting at $250, touch screens and more.

With the exception of some early battery issues, I still love my Eee and use it almost every day to read news and such while watching TV. It's incredibly stable and easy to use, making it the ideal machine for new computer users (and your parents.)

• Four million Eee PCs have been sold to date. He plans to reach the goal of 5 million Eee PC sales by the end of 2008.
• Touch-enabled Eee PCs are on the way and will be here by early 2009. Shen didn't share the details of the form factor, though he said they are exploring a convertible mode and a regular laptop form for touch-enabled Eee PCs. They will also run Windows 7 as early as mid-2009.
• Several skus of the Eee PC give customers numerous choices and allow them to find the Eee PC that best fits their needs.
• The Eee Family continues to grow with the EeeTop this month (that has an Easy Mode for Windows XP) and more products that will be announced at CES in January 2009.

Full interview on Laptopmag.com