ASUS have announced plans to deliver the Eee PC with pre-installed Microsoft Windows operating system. The company expects this new series to be available from end March 2008.
The new Eee PC with Windows XP will be available from selected retail outlets as well as aimed at the education market, being made available via special tender for educational institutions. A number of New Zealand schools have already taken advantage of the cost benefits associated with the Eee PC and have introduced the product into classrooms, experiencing great success with enthusiastic students.
Ted Chen, managing director of ASUS Australia and New Zealand, said, “Portability is key in today’s technology-driven society. The Eee PC is highly portable making it ideal for travellers, as well as students and workers who are always on the move. It can also be used as a second or backup family computer and is even simple enough for the not so tech savvy to use for sending emails, surfing the internet and writing documents.”
“Additionally, the attractive cost makes the Eee PC highly affordable which also supports the framework for Education in New Zealand and ASUS sees the Eee PC as essential to expanding the market, including within the education sector.”
The company says Eee PC, which first hit New Zealand shores in November 2007, has caused a stir among consumers, as well as the IT industry.
The new line of PC is considered by ASUS an educational and lifestyle gadget designed for internet access and learning based on the three Es: Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play; and focuses on providing users with comprehensive internet applications and excellent mobile online experience.
Wai Choon Butt, general manager, Microsoft OEM division, Asia Pacific Region, said, “Technology is a fundamental tool to enable social and economic opportunity, but today five billion people around the world still remain without access. By introducing the Eee PC with Windows, ASUS is providing Windows-based applications and services to millions of people that can benefit tremendously from an affordable laptop for education.”
The Eee PC with Microsoft Windows XP will be available via special tender for educational institutions, as well as at selected retail outlets including Dick Smith Electronics, Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi from end March 2008 with a recommended retail price of NZ$699 inc GST. The Eee PC with Linux is also available from selected retail outlets with a recommended retail price of NZ$599 inc GST.