"Netbooks are selling at a nice clip -- IDC predicts more than
20 million units sold by year's end -- as consumers and education
buyers wolf up these streamlined, low-cost laptop alternatives.
Next up: the enterprise.
"Netbooks is a 'category with legs,' says Stephen O'Grady, an
analyst with Seattle-based consultancy RedMonk, pointing to recent
market activity as an indicator of the netbook's viability. Most
obvious, he says, is Google's decision to build a separate
Linux-based operating system -- Chrome OS -- specifically for
netbooks. Meantime, Microsoft is grappling with 'hard questions
about its OS pricing relative to netbooks,' and virtually every
major hardware maker, apart from Apple Inc., has an offering in the