Skip to Content
Uncategorized

$100 Laptop Has Four Million Orders, Microsoft Counters

While the Linux-based $100 laptop project continues to gain traction, Microsoft unveiled a mobile PC prototype.
August 1, 2006

The $100 laptop movement, spearheaded by former head of the MIT Media Lab Nicholas Negroponte, is close to becoming a reality, as several countries have placed orders for four million of the units, according to this Register (U.K.) article.

Negroponte’s $100 laptop and the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative have said they will begin production on the boxes, which come with a Linux-based operating system, once they have received five million orders.

The news has excited the Linux community, which has followed the $100 laptop’s development. From a post on LinuxDevices.com:

A spokesperson for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program revealed July 31 that the countries of Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina, and Thailand have each committed to buy 1 million Linux laptops through the U.S.-based program.

This news comes on the heels of Microsoft finally moving toward the cheap, affordable computing market. Chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie demoed the FonePlus product last week, according to this Silicon.com article:

[Mundie] demonstrated word processing, multimedia playback and web browsing using scaled-down versions of Internet Explorer, Word and Windows Media Player. “For at least simplified applications, it’s harder to distinguish this from a computer,” he added.

It’s still in the prototype phase, and execs at the company said they are exploring production options right now, which means it will be some time before Microsoft can realistically expect to enter the marketplace.

Deep Dive

Uncategorized

Our best illustrations of 2022

Our artists’ thought-provoking, playful creations bring our stories to life, often saying more with an image than words ever could.

How CRISPR is making farmed animals bigger, stronger, and healthier

These gene-edited fish, pigs, and other animals could soon be on the menu.

The Download: the Saudi sci-fi megacity, and sleeping babies’ brains

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. These exclusive satellite images show Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi megacity is well underway In early 2021, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia announced The Line: a “civilizational revolution” that would house up…

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023

Every year, we pick the 10 technologies that matter the most right now. We look for advances that will have a big impact on our lives and break down why they matter.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.