Latest in Microsoft

Image credit:

Microsoft hoping gimped Windows 7 Starter on netbooks will drive upgrades, revenue

Tim Stevens
03.10.09
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links


When all six versions of Windows 7 were announced, we couldn't help but recoil in horror -- most still don't have all the flavors of Vista straight and now we all have to learn a new recipe for confusion. Microsoft, however, is quite confident that this array of offerings will fix one of its biggest woes: netbooks. If the wee things are running Windows at all it's usually XP, an issue that the company thinks Windows 7 Starter will address, acting as the low-cost intro Vista never was. With Starter's ability to run only three applications simultaneously, MS believes users will get quickly frustrated and then pony up extra cash to move to Home Basic or Home Premium. Will it work? HP at least has pledged to offer Win 7 on its netbooks, and we found the beta ran quite well on our VAIO P, so the shift from XP seems inevitable. Whether Starter Edition will push more people to Home Basic than to Linux, however, remains to be seen.

[Thanks, Dilan]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Apple brings Memoji and Animoji to its Clips video creation app

Apple brings Memoji and Animoji to its Clips video creation app

View
Wirecutter's best deals - Jabra Elite 85h Bluetooth headphones drop to $200

Wirecutter's best deals - Jabra Elite 85h Bluetooth headphones drop to $200

View
Qualcomm pushes for cheaper Snapdragon PCs with its 7c and 8c chips

Qualcomm pushes for cheaper Snapdragon PCs with its 7c and 8c chips

View
Microsoft's redesigned Office mobile apps read text out loud

Microsoft's redesigned Office mobile apps read text out loud

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr