“Big news on the UMPC front this morning folks. Looks like Intel is shedding the Origami gorilla (read: Microsoft) as they prep a Linux-based platform to compete with Vista and XP-based UMPCs. Intel will unveil their new MID (Mobile Internet Device) platform at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing later this week.” – Engadget.
The TeleRead take: So does this mean that the outrageous prices of UMPCs, generally above $1,000, will drop a little? I’m keen, keen, keen on e-book-capable machines running linux, by the way. The more Microsoft alternatives, the less chance of Richmond controlling e-book formats. I hope that Bill McCoy and the rest of the gang at Adobe—plus people at other vendors—will go full blast after the UMPC market if/when prices decline sufficiently.
And speaking of Microsoft vs. Adobe: Techmeme roundup on Microsoft’s Flash rival.
Related: Google News UMPC items, plus Laptop Logic and UMPC Portal. Also see A UMPC Prototype at IDF, from Gotta Be Mobile. It’s Vista-powered.