We've heard it all before, of course, but a Windows XP Eee PC and a WiMax Eee PC look more likely than ever. According to various online reports, the launches will happen at the week's Cebit trade show in Hanover, and the rumours aren't simply based on hearsay and speculation.

Asus has confirmed that both Microsoft and T-Mobile will make an appearance at its Cebit press conference later this week, suggesting that the two companies are about to join the Eee PC bandwagon. Around 350,000 of the tiny laptops were believed to have shipped in the first three months of availability (up until January), and Asus' promise at CES of larger screen versions with more storage capacity (current models ship with up to 8GB of storage) has maintained interest during the first two months of 2008.

But Windows XP and WiMax remain the most interesting potential additions. Many Eee PC purists will object to the installation of Windows on a device that's so far proved popular largely because of its price (it's £220 in the UK) and the fact that it runs Linux. But there's no doubt that Windows XP will attract a far larger audience, and WiMax capability would turn the Eee PC into the perfect portable companion.

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Asus Eee PC review