December 20, 2007

Microsoft and the OLPC project

It's a long time ago that bill gates was saying that people in the development world don't need a stripped down computer. They need real computers he said... Well now MS can't turn the tide away, if they want to have a shot at the developing world market they will need a stripped down version of Windows to work on this nice little laptop which will be sold to developing countries. The cost of not doing it is a new generation of geeks not knowing blip about windows, ouch!!! Remember as Friedman says in the world is flat - it's not because you're somewhere in San-Wherever-not-on-the-map that you don't have talent, and can't be using this computer talent of yours to make a living, I'm most probably paraphrasing, but you get what I mean.

With this laptop we will be putting computing power in the hands of thousands, and millions of kids who have never had the opportunity, or would never have the opportunity to see one, because it's designed with their needs and environment in mind, so that it's and efficient and useful device.

I participated in the GiveOnGetOne program I can't wait to get my hands on the machine. I will make sure to get our UX/Design team to review and give us a product assessment. It's been designed by Yves Behar, the new darling of design in the valley, and designer of the great bluetooth headset Jawbone, so it should be exciting, stay tuned!

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