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So It’s Not a Netbook Version of Windows 7??

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A few days ago Warner put up a post about a ‘Netbook’ version of Windows 7 that that Microsoft was supposedly going to offer.  Well, as a follow up to the original post, Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft responded to her question:

Microsoft is now saying that this SKU is not specific to netbooks.  An additional statement from the spokesperson: ““The email mention(ed) in your article concerns Windows testing, but it is not netbook-related.” Does that mean this is Windows 7 Starter Edition? I asked and got back a no comment.

We’ll keep an eye on that post to see if there are any more updates to share!

Thanks again Lora!

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3 Comments

  1. GoodThings2Life

    01/26/2009 at 3:37 pm

    Well it was a little naive to think it would be exclusive to Netbooks, and even more so to think it won’t come with some really obnoxious limitations (like active running program caps, etc). Not that I wouldn’t be somewhat interested, but still.

  2. Nicholas

    01/26/2009 at 8:59 pm

    Microsoft introduced the ‘Starter Edition’ with Windows Vista and on their website quotes “Windows Vista Starter was designed specifically to help more men, women, and children in developing technology markets learn valuable computer skills and reach new opportunities. With the goal of addressing digital divide challenges around the world, Windows Vista Starter is the most affordable edition in the Windows Vista line-up.” This is aimed at developing countries with very low powered PCs and provides very little of the Windows functionality (Advanced Networking, Aero Graphics etc)
    More details here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/compare-editions/starter.aspx

  3. Jake

    01/27/2009 at 6:21 am

    Actually, Starter Edition started with XP but you are right about it being intended for the 3rd world. I’d expect Microsoft to market the Home Basic edition to netbooks.

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