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HP considers Android alternative to Windows

Company confirms evaluating Google’s open-source operating system for its netbooks

Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that it is presently testing Google’s open-source Android operating system as an alternative to Microsoft’s Windows OS in its netbooks.

The Linux-based Android operating system software, which is designed for cellphones, was released back in November 2007 and is only now getting tech enthusiasts excited at the prospect of it being used in netbooks.

Media reports first published rumours of HP’s intentions to use Android for some of its netbooks a few days ago, which were then confirmed by company spokeswoman Marlene Somsak.

While she declined to comment on whether HP would actually adopt Android software, it’ll be seen as a blow to Microsoft if the company decides to go down the free open-source road.

Microsoft has been priming its latest OS - Windows 7 - for months now and is preparing for a public release in May this year.

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