Microsoft has apparently told computer makers that machines with hybrid SSD and hard drive based storage don’t qualify for low cost Windows XP licenses. But MSI says that’s not going to affect its decision to sell the MSI Wind U115, which happens to be the only netbook on the market fitting that description right now.
The Wind U115 has just started to go on sale in the US, but it’s been available in Germany for a few months. And Netbook News.de has published a statement from MSI saying that the company plans to continue selling the hybrid netbook in that country through October.
The computer’s somewhat unique storage solution is designed to help extend battery life. The operating system and some programs can be installed on the faster SSD. The larger hard drive provides additional data storage. But when you don’t need to access any of the information on the hard drive, it can stop spinning, saving electricity.