Microsoft Talks Netbooks and Windows 7

Microsoft just released one of their PressPass Q&A “interviews” with Brad Brooks, vice president for Windows Consumer Product Marketing, where the focus is on Netbooks and Windows 7.   Brooks also touches on Windows Live, the cloud, and netbooks role there. It’s a typical PR read, but good none the less.

PressPass: How is Microsoft supporting small-notebook PCs with Windows 7?


Brooks: Microsoft is offering a clear path for Windows 7 across the board, so as we demonstrated at PDC, WinHEC and CES, Windows 7 provides a great user experience on small-notebook PCs.

With Windows 7, we’ve matched hardware improvements with some investments of our own. With Windows 7 we are on track to have a smaller OS footprint; an improved user interface that should allow for faster boot-up and shut-down times; improved power management for enhanced battery life; enhanced media capabilities; and increased reliability, stability and security.

These engineering investments allow small notebook PCs to run any version of Windows 7, and allow customers complete flexibility to purchase a system which meets their needs. For OEMs that build lower-cost small notebook PCs, Windows 7 Starter will now be available in developed markets. For the most enhanced, full-functioning Windows experience on small notebook PCs, however, consumers will want to go with Windows 7 Home Premium, which lets you get the most out of your digital media and easily connect with other PCs.


You can find more information on all our Windows 7 SKUs here.