Dell exits from netbook business

Remember netbooks? The small and light notebooks that first started appearing in 2008 and for a while they were everywhere. You couldn't get away from seeing small 10 inch PC notebooks in stores.

That was then; this is now. The rise of the tablet market, thanks to Apple's iPad, combined with the launch of thin-and-light ultraportables such as the MacBook Air and the recent launch of notebooks based on Intel's Ultrabooks design would seem to suggest that the netbook design days are over. offers proof of that with word that Dell has shut down production of its 10 inch Dell Mini netbooks.

According to a Dell spokesperson, "We sold through the Dell Mini some time ago. We're committed to the highly portable space and have focused on delivering thin + powerful solutions, for which we've seen strong success, particularly in our XPS line."

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