Windows 8 could be costly enough to kill Netbooks

Windows 8 pricing may be the final blow for the notebook manufacturers.

The cost of the Windows 8 will be the end of the road for netbooks as told by a PC manufacturer to PC Pro. From now onwards we will get only two versions of the Microsoft’s OS that is Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro and versions for ARM and enterprise.

The Windows 7 edition that was offered on netbooks has been removed. This could only help in adding an extra $100 to the lineup of cheap and cheerful laptops as reported by an executive at a major PC maker told PC Pro.

They also said that it would not be profitable to produce netbooks in this sinking market that has been engulfed by the emergence of tablets. But the company will like to continue making netbooks.

It may be noted that the sales of the netbooks have fallen over the couple of years. While Dell have stopped the selling of netbooks in the market from last December, other manufacturers have failed to come up with a new range of netbooks. The first netbooks had Linux OS but could not make any impact in the market share.

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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-06- 1 (Update: 2012-06- 1)