gihan_ripper writes: "Microsoft is gearing up to put XP on the '$100' XO laptop, at least according to the BBC, which gives an expected timeframe of "early in 2008" for the first trials. However, the blog of Microsoft exec James Utzschneider paints a different picture. To quote: 'We started the project around the beginning of the year and think it will be mid-2008 at the earliest before we could have a production-quality release.' The major challenge is shrinking the behemoth XP and assorted applications to fit on the 1GB flash drive. MS is pushing for the OLPC to install an additional 2GB. Utzschneider claims the advantage for children is that '...the tens of thousands of existing educational applications written for Windows can potentially run on the XO'."