News Item: Microsoft has asked the designers of a low-cost Linux laptop intended for children in developing nations to redesign the system so it can accommodate its Windows XP operating system.
Also on Microsoft’s agenda for the coming year:
- Release of a suspiciously Apple-esque application called “mZune”
- Require buyers of new PCs who request XP instead of Vista to pay for licenses for both
- Redesign of Windows Update to erase Firefox when detected
- MSN butterfly replaced by velociraptor
- New video service called “WeTube”
- Diversification into the lucrative field of baby gear
Meanwhile, Chrysler chairman Bob Nardelli has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to require Toyota to retrofit the popular Prius with the rear axle and leaf springs of a Dodge Ram truck, on the basis that the battery pack is heavy and could fall through the lightweight sedan’s body structure, causing a toxic spill. When it was pointed out that the extra 300 lb of weight would seriously impair fuel-economy figures on the Prius, Nardelli simply smiled.