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Microsoft’s Befuddled Windows 7 Netbook Plans

Microsoft is hoping to make some big bucks on Windows 7 with its built-in Anytime Upgrade, but according to analysts from the NPD Group, netbook users won’t be too excited about it.

The Anytime Upgrade lets users crank the features by buying an unlocking code for the OS. However, the upgrade will cost you.

Some leaked numbers are in the $80-$90 range – quite a bit, considering that netbooks tend to cost between $200 and $400. NPD’s Stephen Baker pointed out something Microsoft seems to have missed:

“Microsoft needs to be more aggressive… At those prices, there won’t be many opportunities to [convince users to] trade up. If people are buying cheap [netbooks] they’re buying cheap for a reason.”

Via IDG, image via EeePC.

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