Microsoft and Intel?s NetPC initiative is little more than a marketing ploy to divert attention from the NC and few vendors expect to sell many of them, according to IDC.
Despite the initial hype, in which the socalled ?Zero Administration? Windows-based PCs were claimed to offer lower cost of ownership and ease of deployment, IDC analysts do not expect more than 200,000 to ship this year.
This actual number could even be less than this because of delays to some of the underlying NetPC technology.
?The NetPC is confusing the market, which is their objective. It buys the ?Wintel? empire time until they can get prices down and build in lower cost of ownership features into regular PCs? said Sean Kaldor, director of worldwide quarterly PC market tracking at IDC.
He added that no vendors were setting up NetPC divisions, which implied they would subsume the offering into their PC lineups as an alternative offering for customers.
But, PC prices were likely to fall even further as a result of the NC onslaught, with suppliers already starting to use cheaper Intel clones as a first step towards price-cutting.
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