Microsoft wants to give low-cost netbook manufacturers a low-cost Windows licensing option, but exactly how low will the pricing for the Windows 7 Starter Edition OS be? Well, the price tag is rumored to be higher than the current Windows XP OS, which will still be an option for future netbooks.
Microsoft has decided that rather than lower the price of their Windows 7 OS, the company would instead offer the Windows XP OS with more features and at a lower price.
Potential netbook purchasers who buy a netbook with Windows XP may not be able to run some of the newer software, but it doesn’t seem like they’ll be missing too much.
Microsoft hasn’t yet officially announced the pricing agenda for the Starter Edition, but since the software would only be sold to netbook manufacturers instead of in retail stores, the pricing could vary.
Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer has stipulated that the Windows 7 software range will fall into the scheme of things as follows (from least pricey to most pricey): Windows XP, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home, and Windows 7 Professional. Surprise surprise.
Unfortunately though, there will be some restrictions on the types of netbooks that can run the Starter version of the Windows 7 software. Rumor has it that such a netbook must have a “super-small screen” and “a certain processor.” More details to come.
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