Hewlett Packard is coming to some early decisions about how it will market the next version of Microsoft Windows on their popular line of Netbooks. Netbooks are small form factor notebooks used for light activities such as surfing the Internet, email and instant messaging.
In a vote of confidence for Windows 7 ‘s suitability for use on netbook PCs, Hewlett-Packard Co. says it likely will offer at least three different editions of the upcoming operating system on future models of its Mini netbooks.
That includes the Professional and Home Premium editions, which Microsoft Corp. last week said will be the two primary versions of Windows 7 , and the low-end Starter edition, which will limit users to running three applications at a time.
Kyle Thornton, category manager for business notebook PCs at HP, said in an interview late last week that the vendor also has been testing the beta version of Windows 7 Ultimate – an edition aimed at gamers and PC enthusiasts – on the Mini netbook line.
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I don’t find this surprising it all, considering that Windows 7 Ultimate will become an OEM type product when its finalized. Microsoft however expects major OEMs like HP to run specials that allow users running any of the lower SKU’s to acquire the upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Mary Jo Foley of All About Microsoft reported the status on Windows 7 Ultimate availability at RTM:
Veghte told me that Microsoft is anticipating Ultimate to be one of the less popular SKUs with a run-rate in the “low single digits). Microsoft is positioning Windows 7 Ultimate as the preferred SKU for consumers who need enterprise features (but aren’t volume-license customers), as well as for OEMs or retailers with “specific offers” they want to sell around. With Vista, the Ultimate SKU was also aimed primarily at enthusiasts, but was Microsoft’s preferred high-end offering for consumers — one to which it tried to convince customers to upgrade.
Windows 7’s Anytime Upgrade improvements makes it very easy to upgrade to a another SKU with more features.