Microsoft Joins One Laptop per Child

by admin May 16, 2008 at 12:21 pm

The nonprofit organization’s alliance with Microsoft will bring Windows XP to the poorest children, and could give OLPC a much-needed boost

Just four months after a messy breakup with tech giant Intel (INTC), the One Laptop per Child organization on May 15 announced an alliance with another tech behemoth—Microsoft (MSFT). The two will make Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system available on OLPC’s XO laptop, which was designed to help educate the world’s poorest children.

The tieup was no surprise. OLPC has long talked about putting a Microsoft operating system on its little green-and-white machine. But the announcement comes at a critical time, bolstering the viability of the nonprofit organization in the wake of Intel’s departure and high-profile resignations by key employees.

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