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Taiwanese PC maker ASUS plans to release netbook PCs that run Google’s Android and Intel’s Meego operating systems, says its CEO.The fact that ASUS is floating the idea again two years after abandoning it is yet another crack in Microsoft’s Windows monopoly.
Microsoft Windows currently powers more than 90% of netbooks, but that wasn’t always the case.
ASUS more or less invented the netbook with the Linux-based Eee PC in late 2007. But Microsoft managed to capture the market by lowering prices and extending the life of Windows XP for a couple years. By the time Windows 7 came out in late 2009, Microsoft appeared to have the netbook market sewn up.
To recapture the “original idea” of the netbook, this summer ASUS will release a netbook running Meego — an OS designed by Intel and Nokia but basically abandoned by Nokia when it went with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 for smartphones . ASUS will follow up with an Android netbook later on. Both netbooks will use Intel’s Atom processor.
A spokesperson for ASUS also told the publication that ASUS wants to have 5% to 8% of the tablet market by the end of the year, putting it in second place after Apple. Most of those tablets will run Android as well.