Wednesday, February 25, 2009

FT.com / Companies / Technology - Microsoft faces up to Google over netbooks

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Microsoft is preparing for a head-to-head battle with Google in a fast-growing part of the laptop software market, in a confrontation that marks the most direct encroachment yet by the internet company into Microsoft’s core operating system business.

Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, on Tuesday pointed to the coming conflict when he said Microsoft was preparing a slimmed-down version of the forthcoming Windows 7 operating system to work on so-called netbooks, or mini laptop computers.

He also said Microsoft was expecting Google’s rival Android operating system, which was developed to run on smartphones, to be shipped on some netbooks.

FT.com / Companies / Technology - Microsoft faces up to Google over netbooks

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