M$’s strategy to destroy netbooks was to produce attractive/thin/light/powerful notebooks of larger size with a premium price. That price was supposed to attract OEMs and it did but the consumers are out beating the bushes for small cheap computers, not expensive ones. M$’s attempt to define the netbook out of existence now crumbles in the face of real small cheap computers, smart thingies, selling at less than half the price of the Wintel machines. Nice going, M$. You’ve given FLOSS a big boost since licensing fees of $0 fit the model perfectly.
“The "price issue" is potentially the main sticking point for buyers, with the â‚¬900 to â‚¬1,100 price band accounting for roughly 0.4 per cent of the total available European market for laptop sales.”