Retailer PC World drops Linux netbooks for Windows
Customers will still be able to buy netbooks running Linux online, however.
Jeremy Fennell, category director at PC World, said most buyers don’t opt for the cheapest netbook, instead buying around the £300 range. He said customers looked for a “software system they were familiar with” – despite hopes from many the cheap and cheerful devices would go open source.
“Despite initial hype that netbooks would move more users onto the Linux platform, Microsoft has emerged as the preferred operating system because Windows makes it easier to share content, and provides customers with a simpler, more familiar computing experience on the move,” he claimed in a statement.
“Based on this insight, all the netbooks in our stores will feature Microsoft Windows, larger screens and keyboards, and greater colour choices to satisfy customers demand for performance, design and familiarity,” he added.
PC World said Linux-based netbooks will still be available online, however.
Microsoft was obviously ecstatic about the news, with Windows communications manager Brandon LeBlanc saying on the Microsoft blog that “it’s important to note that all of this momentum is happening before Windows 7 is even out.”