Microsoft is moving along with plans to get a custom version of Windows XP up and running on the OLPC XO Laptop. The company has been working on a way to run Windows from a flash card, since the XO Laptop ships with just 1GB of storage capacity, which isn’t enough space for XP. Microsoft’s James Utzschneider says recently Microsoft internally released to manufacturing the version of Windows XP for the XO Laptop.
The company has no plans to offer this version of XP to the general public. While the XO Laptop is primarily aimed at students in developing nations, the OLPC group offered a promotion for a while allowing people to “buy 1, give 1.” In other words, you could pay $400 and one laptop would be donated to someone who needs it while another would be sent to you for your gadget collection.
According to Utzschneider it looks like if you currently have an XO sitting on your shelf you’re going to have to be content with Linux, because Windows XP will only be available in September to governments and educational customers placing bulk orders.