ASUS today launched the ASUS Eee PC pre-installed with Microsoft Windows XP. Here is more info:
"This new offering of the ever-popular Eee PC promises to let users enjoy an efficient online and work management experience with the incorporated Windows Live and Microsoft Works features. This will help create additional opportunities for students and other personal PC users who desire a portable and affordable PC to easily access the Internet virtually anywhere.
Easy to Learn, Work and Play Lightweight and ultra compact, the Eee PC has generated incredible media attention as well as enthusiastic public interest since its inception. Providing users with a comprehensive Internet experience based on three Es: Easy to learn, work, play; Excellent Internet experience and Excellent on-the-go, the Eee PC accommodates both experienced and inexperienced PC users alike. With the addition of the familiar Windows XP interface, users can better integrate and achieve total compatibility with current software and applications.
Microsoft Windows XP Experience Pre-installed with Windows XP, the Eee PC provides an easy, convenient and fuss-free platform to seamlessly integrate multiple devices, applications and services. On top of this flexibility, the consistent interface provides a safe and dependable operating environment. Complementing this ease-of-use is Microsoft Works, which equips the user with numerous applications that include word processing, spreadsheet, database management and address books.
The Windows Live Style In addition to the Windows operating system, consumers with the Eee PC will be able to access Windows Live, which is a set of personal Internet services and software to manage their online world more efficiently and safely. Some key features include Windows Live Mail,which consolidates all the various email accounts into one place on the user's desktop and eliminates multiple log-ins; Windows Live Messenger to help keep users connected with each other easily and instantly; Windows Live Photo Gallery that easily organizes, sends, posts and shares photos with friends and family; and Windows Live Family Safety, which offers built-in family safety features including safer browsing for children via Web site management.
"The Eee PC has been a tremendous success since our initial launch in October last year, and feedback gathered from consumers have aided us in providing even greater enhancements with our new range of Eee PCs," said Jonathan Tsang, Vice Chairman of ASUS. "With the new Windows-based offerings, a greater amount of work ease is expected through full compatibility with Windows applications, while Windows Live and Microsoft Works features will certainly add to greater online interaction and work efficiency."
"Technology is a fundamental tool to enable social and economic opportunity, but today five billion people around the world still remain without access," said Will Poole, Corporate Vice President for the Unlimited Potential Group at Microsoft. "By introducing the Eee PC with Windows, ASUS is providing Windows-based applications and services to millions of people that can benefit tremendously from an affordable laptop for education, work, communication and entertainment."
This may be a new candidate for Weirdest Product Name ever.
"Is that a Wii?" "No, this is an Eee. That one's a Wii." "Connect the Wii to the TV." "Is the Wii the PC?" "No, see the Eee is the PC." "I can't connect the Wii to the TV. The Eee is already connected to the TV so we can watch the DVD." "The Eee and the TV? Why can't we watch the DVD without the PC?" "Because it's in HD."
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