Apr 19 2009

Windows 7 Starter – Not A Netbook OS, But Crappy All The Same

We all appreciate the idea of Microsoft trying to conform more to the low-cost concept of netbooks, especially in light of the fact that its Windows 7 OS is set to be more expensive than ever.  Unfortunately, the corporation seems to have missed the point, with a recent development saying that Microsoft is intending to hobble Windows 7 for netbooks unless consumers pay for a pricey upgrade.

Windows 7

Consumers will be limited to running three applications at a time on Windows 7 if they don’t pay more money. It’s an idea that might hold its water if Linux didn’t exist or Windows XP didn’t work fine on a netbook, but that’s not the world we live in.

Microsoft is clearly displaying that it is incompatible with the concept of netbooks. Windows operating systems aren’t  lightning quick or economical, and it’s seeming difficult for Microsoft to reconcile its goal of high profit margins with the reality that netbooks are a market they want to keep being a part of. It’s really up to consumers how long they’re going to endure Microsoft’s antics, and what they’re willing to handle before switching to a new OS entirely.

Via The WSJ.

1 Comments on this post


  1. Sluggish Netbook Performance Feared For Windows 7 | NetbookBoards.com wrote:

    […] that’s been tested on most netbooks. We don’t have to worry about a three-application limit, as was earlier rumored, but Starter Edition does disable some features… like the ability to […]

    September 30th, 2009 at 4:28 pm


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