For decades, M$ has held OEMs for ransom. If they wanted to sell a PC that PC had to have M$’s product. Not so any longer. Dell and ASUS have dabbled with shipping PCs without that other OS but the tablet is changing the competitive landscape. To sell netbooks, ASUS and others will have to lower the price. ASUS is expected to ship a netbook for $250 or less in June. The cost of materials is over $250 likely so there is no room for profit and a licence fee to M$.
“The sources believe that Asustek’s new netbook should either adopt Google’s Android 3.0 or Chrome OS in order to achieve such a price level, and the new model is expected to attract consumers who only need to perform office work and Internet browsing.”