MSI is making it official, announcing that they have started to ship all pre-ordered Wind U100 netbooks (probably the ones order through MSI and not Amazon, etc.).
They mention that it will be sold through Fry’s, which should give quite a few people the chance to see one in person. Unfortunately it looks like 3-cell battery versions for now.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA â€“ July 8, 2008 â€“ MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, has begun shipping all the pre-ordered Wind U100 notebooks. The Wind, with its speedy new Intel Atomâ„¢ 1.6GHz processor, is also on sale at Fry’s and online at www.new egg.com, www.amazon.com, www.frys.com, www.zipzoomfly.com, www.mwave.com, and www.buy.com. These first notebooks sold will feature Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and a 3-cell battery.
In September, MSI will begin selling a Windows version of the Wind with a 6-cell battery , as well as the Linux version with a 3-cell battery. MSI will also carry a 6-cell battery for customers who wish to upgrade their 3-cell battery in late September.
Kind of a bummer about the 6-cell, but it’s not MSI’s fault, and the shortage should be over in the next two months.