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Starter edition is aimed at netbooks

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 Starter edition will have features not previously found on starter editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista. According to Microsoft, previous starter versions of Windows only allowed users to run three programs simultaneously. The three program limit didn’t count background applications, wireless, Bluetooth, and system tools.

Microsoft points out that the expanded capabilities of Windows 7 starter edition will make the starter version attractive to netbook users, but the starter version isn’t the only version that will operate on netbooks.

Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc wrote in a blog post that, "[Microsoft has] decided to make some changes compared to previous Starter editions."

He continued writing, "For the first time, we will be making Windows 7 Starter available worldwide on small notebook PCs. We are also going to enable Windows 7 Starter customers the ability to run as many applications simultaneously as they would like, instead of being constricted to the three application limit that the previous Starter editions included. We believe these changes will make Windows 7 Starter an even more attractive option for customers who want a small notebook PC for very basic tasks, like browsing the web, checking email and personal productivity."

Windows 7 Starter won’t include some of the basic features found in other versions of Windows 7 according to LeBlanc. Among the notable features that will be missing from the most basic version of Windows 7 are Aero Glass, personalization features, the ability to switch between users without having to log off, multi monitor support, DVD playback, Windows Media Center, Remote Media Streaming, domain support, and XP mode.

Users wanting all the features will need to opt for a more robust version of Windows 7. LeBlanc wrote, "Many of our beta users have installed Windows 7 Ultimate on their small notebook PCs and have given us very positive feedback on their experience."

Last week Microsoft unveiled a touch pack for Windows 7 that will make touch capable netbooks and notebooks better suited to touch control.

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No DVD Playback?
By epyon96 on 6/1/2009 10:09:36 AM , Rating: -1
At least Microsoft saved itself before all the manufacturers flocked to other OS for the netbook.

RE: No DVD Playback?
By Spivonious on 6/1/2009 10:25:16 AM , Rating: 4
Do netbooks even have optical drives? If excluding DVD playback lets MS chop $5 off the price, then I welcome it.

RE: No DVD Playback?
By amanojaku on 6/1/2009 10:28:23 AM , Rating: 5
I don't see how the loss of DVD playback is such a loss. You can just buy a USB DVD drive and it most likely will include the playback software. If not, just download VLC or something similar.

RE: No DVD Playback?
By armagedon on 6/1/2009 10:42:52 AM , Rating: 2
and in absolute necessity, "virtual"(iso) cd drive does the trick. Almost every one who has a netbook have another comp with optical drive to make the image.

RE: No DVD Playback?
By omnicronx on 6/1/2009 10:47:52 AM , Rating: 5
When they say no DVD playback I assume they just mean it does not natively support mpeg2 in which MS would save on licensing fees.. Just install VLC(free) or some other DVD program and you are set.

RE: No DVD Playback?
By Sulphademus on 6/1/2009 4:44:00 PM , Rating: 3
I thought that only Vista Home Premium & Ultimate (and maybe Enterprise) came with WMP DVD movie support?
Therefore, I dont see how this is any sort of change.

RE: No DVD Playback?
By omnicronx on 6/1/2009 5:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
Seems to be the case..

Heres a quote from the MS site:
If you are running the Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, or Windows XP operating system on your computer, you might need to install a compatible DVD decoder (also known as a MPEG-2 decoder) before continuing with the following activities.

RE: No DVD Playback?
By crystal clear on 6/1/2009 10:49:39 AM , Rating: 2
With the first Nvidia Ion netbooks hitting the scene -- netbooks that can actually handle 1080p high-def video, by the way -- netbooks will soon be able to do quite a bit more than get you online.

RE: No DVD Playback?
By crystal clear on 6/1/2009 10:41:50 AM , Rating: 1
As clearly said in the article-

We believe these changes will make Windows 7 Starter an even more attractive option for customers who want a small notebook PC for very basic tasks, like browsing the web, checking email and personal productivity." "

Also new restrictions apply-

Limiting screen size to a maximum of 10.2 inches (measured diagonally) as the defining boundary between a Small Notebook PC and a full-featured laptop.

Single core processors that :
• do not exceed 2 GHz frequency, and
• have a CPU thermal design power that is less than or equal to 15 W, not including the graphics and chipset.

Plus allows-

Expanding storage options-250 GB HDD or 64 GB SDD

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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