Another genius MS idea. Run a cut down version of a unpopular OS on terrible hardware that can hardly run it.
A double bad experience for the user and one as a grass roots support guy that pushes MS gear, will get in the back of the neck over the next couple of years till they get dumped.
"Can you rebuild my six month old and really slow $200 laptop?" Nope ain't worth the time and money and it's slow cos it's slow!
Competing with cheap crap buy pushing out more cheap crap is not going to help.
MS needs to abandon the sub $£400 (whatever) market. Leave that to tablets and Chromebooks and instead bring out their own Nexus type line of laptops at certain price points to set the benchmark for the lazy OEMs like Toshiba/Acer etc.
Crappy netbooks all over again. Great!