The New York Times has published an article detailing the impact of the $200 laptop. Naming netbooks specifically, the article discusses the impact of cheaper devices and software. The article highlights the significant change that the down economy is having on technology powerhouses like Microsoft and the proliferation and mainstream awareness/acceptance of Linux as an alternative. The NY times spotlight of netbooks shows their success and seems to indicate that they will continue to stick around despite articles saying the netbook is dead, and that netbooks will evolve into traditional notebooks. The article states,
“The only bright spot in the PC industry is netbooks. Analysts at the Gartner research company said shipments rose to 4.4 million devices in the third quarter of 2008, from 500,000 units in the first quarter of last year. Analysts say sales could double this year despite a deep worldwide recession.”
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