Oh jeez, so over on ZDNet, Robin Harris threw up what apparently he thinks is a news story about how Microsoft have been forced to retreat to Windows XP on ultra-low-cost PCs, like Asus' Eee PC.

He calls it further evidence of the Vista fiasco.

What do I think? I call it evidence that Windows Vista won't run on these low powered machines, and as Microsoft is a company that wants to sell Asus something to put on these machines they'll sell em what they've got.

Observe the miracle of the Eee PC specifications:

CPU: Intel Mobile @ 900 MHz
RAM: 512mb / 1.0GB
Storage: 4GB / 8GB Solid-State Disk
Graphics: 800 x 480 and shares system RAM

And the miracle of system requirements for Windows Vista, these are the bare minimum for it to work:

1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
512 MB of system memory
20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space
DirectX 9 graphics card with 32MB of RAM, capable of 800x600 resolution

You're a walking joke Robin. Windows Vista won't fit on an 8GB hard drive, it won't be usable on a screen just 480 pixels high. It wasn't designed to run on such low powered machine, so Microsoft doesn't sell it for such low powered machines, they sell an alternative operating system that is still supported and will run on such hardware.

I know you must be getting pretty pissed off seeing 10 million more machines running Windows Vista every month, but can you lay off the old spin machine please else the "fiasco" of your storage blog may continue for a long while yet.