In an interview with Laptop, ASUS' CEO, Jerry Shen, confirmed that ASUS will introduce a new Eee PC sometime in the second half of 2009 that will have a touch screen and run Windows 7. Given that Microsoft has said it plans general availability of the new operating system around January 2010, there’s a bit of a discrepancy here.
Promising more details in the first quarter of next year (we’re guessing CES), Shen also indicated that the company doesn’t plan on putting Vista on any of the Eee PCs.
Other noteworthy snippets from the interview:
Here’s hoping Mr. Shen is right regarding the second half of 2009 target for the Eee PC running on Windows 7—after all, we’re always anxious to check out a cool new OS. That is assuming, of course, that Windows 7 isn’t completely ridden with bugs.
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