Windows 7 Starter a No-Go for Netbook Buyers
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According to Retrevo.com, an online consumer comparison shopping site, most netbooks sold on Amazon.com (23 out of 28) come with Windows 7 Starter pre-installed. Unfortunately, most people in the market for a netbook aren’t really digging the Windows 7 Starter OS.
Here are some thoughts that Retrevo collected on what consumers think about this new software. Out of the 1,100 consumers that responded to the survey:
- 56% would be dissatisfied if a new netbook were to be pre-installed with Windows 7 Starter.
- 61% did not realize that Windows 7 Starter lacks some features that come standard with Windows XP (dual-screen capability, personalization of desktop, DVD playback capabilities, etc.)
- 54% knew the difference between the various editions of the Windows 7 operating systems.
Microsoft is trying to transition consumers from Windows XP to Windows 7, but among netbooks Windows XP has continued to remain popular. The company has not yet disclosed how much profit they make from each copy of Windows 7 Starter sold, but executives have said that the profit margin is greater than that for Windows XP.