Jan 27, 2021 • 27M

[LISTEN] 093. Netbook Mania

"The PC industry is poised to sell tens of millions of small, energy-efficient Internet-centric devices. Curiously, some of the biggest companies in the business consider this bad news."—NYT 7/21/08

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Personal stories and lessons from inside the rise and fall of the PC revolution as narrated by the author.

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The Windows team was plugging away on Windows 7. The outside world was still mired in the Vista doldrums. Then in the summer of 2007 there was a wakeup call in the announcement and shipment of a new type of computer from upstart Asus, called a Netbook, a tiny laptop running Linux and a new chip from Intel. Would that combination prove to be a competitive threat or a huge opportunity for a PC world fresh off the launch of the iPhone?

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