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The One Laptop Per Child Foundation, of Cambridge, will next month start distributing a version of its XO laptop that will run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system. While the move has long been expected, it represents a major shift for OLPC, which has relied on the free Linux operating system.
"It's not about the operating system, it's about the educational experience," said OLPC's chief executive, Chuck Kane. He said the foundation's Sugar suite of educational software is being modified to run atop Windows.