Microsoft has announced they will be testing out the One Laptop Per Child device with Windows XP, sexing up the current Linux based system. Microsoft hasn’t announced how likely an official Windows version of the OLPC XO device will appear, though if tests are successful we can expect a better idea by the second half of 2008.
Adding XP to the XO device would no doubt pump the price of the OLPC project over the sub-$200 price range already selected for the campaign. How much over is the question. If Microsoft can add XP at a moderate price it might be worth the compatibility, though if the price is even raised by $100, the whole process would be meaningless, as the price would be higher than many families could afford. Especially with even cheaper devices in the works. — Andrew Dobrow