Asus came out with the 3.8 million sales target for Eee PC in an internal memo to staff – something the chunky and adorable little laptop deserves, although the fact that it’s currently sold out everywhere in the whole world doesn’t give us a huge amount of faith that the Asus manufacturing facilities can churn out that many of the uber-portable laptops.
The feature that’ll push the Eee PC to the ‘next level’ is Windows. Currently the Eee PC ships with a very cool version of Linux that’s lovely and easy to use and one of the reasons the thing’s so damn cheap – but a lot of casual buyers out there are scared shitless by the thought of having to cope with Linux.
An anonymous Asus source that hopefully isn’t just some loser on the internet having a laugh, said “Microsoft contacted us to offer Windows XP with discount licensing” after its launch, adding that future Eee PCs could ship with a stripped-down version of XP that’s currently being fobbed off on – sorry, distributed in – emerging markets.
Although, and we don’t want to sound ungrateful or anything, one of the charms of the Eee PC is its kooky Linux OS. Having an Eee PC running a slower and worse version of Windows would be a bit of a shame.