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Goodbye "Netbook", Hello "Low-Cost Small Notebook PC" ?

Goodbye "Netbook", Hello "Low-Cost Small Notebook PC" ?

Postby Grav!ty » Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:18 am

Why get a netbook when you can have a 'low-cost small notebook PC'?

By Eric Lai
June 3, 2009

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday launched the latest version of its Windows operating system for computing gadgets while quashing speculation that it will port Windows 7 over to ARM-based netbooks.

For Microsoft watchers and haters, however, that news was overshadowed by some of the company's trademark clumsy marketing-speak.

Instead of the Intel-invented term netbook, Microsoft wants to introduce the term "low-cost small notebook PC," said Microsoft OEM division corporate vice president Steve Guggenheimer during a speech Tuesday at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. Guggenheimer said "low-cost small notebook PC" (LCSNPC) is more accurate.

This isn't the first time Microsoft has tried to foist an unwieldy term upon the netbook market. Last year when it began allowing PC makers to install Windows XP on netbooks, it referred to them as 'ultra low-cost PCs,' or ULCPCs. That failed to catch on beyond Microsoft's technical literature.

More snark at:

# Microsoft wants to rename netbooks with absurd five-word phrase.
# High Cost Large Notebook PC coming next?
# Another example of Microsoft's branding magic

Complete article at: Computer World

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