The rumors were wrong; the reality is there is no netbook SKU for Windows 7. Because Windows 7 has been tweaked to have a smaller memory footprint, etc., the full version of 7 can run on many, if not all, netbooks. Microsoft is offering netbook makers a choice: Put Windows 7 Starter Edition or Home Prmium on netbooks.
(With Windows 7, Microsoft is now allowing PC makers in all countries, not just emerging markets, to preload Starter Edition on new PCs, by the way.)
That’s probably the interesting part of the SKU news, Starter will be available everywhere. Will it be popular? I don’t think so. I have 12 windows open in Vista right now, the fact that Starter edition is limited by 3 windows only and a max resolution of 1024 by 768, it definitely sounds like something that should have stayed where it was. Home Basic will continue a similar path as Vista Home Basic but lacking aesthetic functionality such as Aero Glass and Thumbnail Previews.
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