" A new breed of lightweight computers called netbooks are
beginning to crack the company's dominance of operating systems.
Acer and Asustek Computer, which together account for 90% of the
netbook market, are using the rival Linux software on about 30% of
their low-cost notebooks.
"The devices, which usually cost less than $US500, are the
fastest-growing segment of the personal-computer industry - a trend
that's eating into Microsoft's revenue. Windows sales fell short of
forecasts last quarter and the company cut growth projections for
the year, citing the lower revenue it gets from netbooks. When
makers of the computers do use Windows, they typically opt for
older and cheaper versions of the software."