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Netbooks grow two ways
Aug. 01, 2008

Netbook sales will reach 8.02 million units in 2008, and 18.3 million units in 2009, a research report says. Netbooks will also grow physically, gaining 10-inch screens and keyboards approaching full-size, according to the report.

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"Most" products in the category will use Microsoft's XP operating system, says Market Intelligence Center (MIC). However, Linux will remain a "complementary option," says the Taipei, Taiwan based market research company.

MIC did not offer specific market share percentages for the leading netbook OSes, however, at least in its summary findings paper. For readers interested in comparing available offerings, LinuxDevices and its sister site WindowsForDevices have put together Showcase listings of netbooks models available with each OS:
  • Linux Netbook Showcase
  • Windows Netbook Showcase
MIC also said it expects netbooks to get more powerful, with many models stepping up to Intel's low-power Atom processors. Netbooks will also get larger, with keyboard sizes "approaching" those in standard laptops, and screens growing from 7- to 8.9- and then to 10-inches, MIC expects.

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Read more details about MIC's netbook market forecast, as well as the history of the netbook product space, over at our sister site, LinuxDevices, here.

-- Henry Kingman

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