Looking around online etailers, it's often difficult to make an informed guess on the additional cost of having XP, because the specification for non-Windows netbooks is often different.
However, the overall price of a budget netbook - at around £200 - is such that Microsoft isn't making a whole heap of cash from bundling in XP.
A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that Microsoft's play at gaining the majority share in the ever-increasing netbook market has come at the cost of vastly reduced XP Home license fees, citing an income of less than $15 once rebates have been factored in. Compare this with the $50-$60 for bundling in Vista for regular desktops and laptops. Yes, the Redmond outfit has already paid for XP a long time ago, but it's practically having to give it away now.
Microsoft's aim, of course, is to cement its position in the netbook market by taking a hit now but then cashing in with Windows 7 Starter Edition. The very cost of netbooks - or, more precisely, a lack of - has forced the software giant's hand, so it can only be a good thing for the consumer.
Have you bought a netbook recently? If configured with an operating system, did you go for a Linux variant or XP? Are XP-equipped netbooks good enough for the job? We'd love to hear your thoughts.