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09 April 2009, 11:50

Canonical: Microsoft exaggerates XP dominance in netbooks

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In a recent blog post, Canonical employee Chris Kenyon contradicts the statement from Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc that Microsoft has gained a 96 per cent market share on netbooks. Kenyon refers to statements from Dell, which offers both Windows XP and Ubuntu Inspiron Mini 9 netbooks, saying that about one third of buyers choose Ubuntu over XP. According to Dell, netbooks running Linux also have similar return rates to those running XP.

Computer World points out that the figures cited by Microsoft from the NPD group only focus on bricks-and-mortar retail sales in the US, not the over-all sales, and that 80 per cent of netbooks are actually sold outside of the US.


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