Apparently Acer and Asus have held off making new netbooks until 2010. According to Digitimes:
Asustek Computer and Acer will not offer any new netbooks in the second half of 2009, as Intel plans to push the launch of its entry-level products including the Pine Trail-M platform to the first quarter of 2010, according to industry sources.
Asus are now saying what many Eee fans do not want to hear; if the initial T91 does not sell well, there wont be a T91A, T91Go or the T101H. With many Eee Users being keen to see how the Asus “test” release works and plays, just as many are holding back and waiting for the T91’s successors as the T91 itself does not feature many of the other great features that Eee Users were wanting and expecting.
Come on Asus, it’s too soon. We were hoping for more touchscreens from you guys.
Brad from Liliputing posits that netbook sales are harming Microsoft’s bottom line.
There are a number of reasons Microsoft saw a revenue decline this year (and please, before you shed any tears, bear in mind that the company is still making a profit, just not as big a profit as it did last year). Some of those reasons have to do with software: Windows Vista didn’t catch on the way Microsoft hoped it would, and Windows 7 isn’t available yet.
But the recession has also led to a decline in PC sales generally, and a surge in sales of low cost netbooks which run older copies of Windows XP which Microsoft is offering at a deep, deep discount in an attempt to provide an affordable alternative to Linux powered netbooks. And that’s led to lower profit margins for Microsoft.
Check out the rest of Brad’s (rather convincing) argument here.
Okay, I know this isn’t a Linux blog. But we all know that Linux is a fairly popular OS on netbooks. And the Linux community has declared Microsoft to be their sworn enemy in the fight for people’s desktops, it really is unspeakable that Linux has been patched by [insert audible gasp here] Microsoft.
You may have already heard, but the unthinkable has happened. That’s right, Microsoft, the self-proclaimed enemy of Linux and free software, has announced that they will be submitting some 20,000 lines of code to the Linux kernel. Come again? Yes, Microsoft wants to get its code into the Linux kernel. You read that right!
It is important to note that this code has not yet been included into the official Linux kernel. The code has also not yet been thoroughly scrutinized by the wider community to see what the code actually consists of. Is it all code, or does it rely on binary blobs? Will the quality of the code make the grade, or will the community be expected to clean it up and maintain it?
When I look at what is being sold in the netbook space today I see cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens. Quite frankly it is not a space as it exists today that we are interested in, nor do we believe that customers will be interested in.
So Apple still hates netbooks. Or don’t you want another product cutting into the iPhone’s space?