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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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Hopefully they'll think this thru
By marvdmartian on 6/1/2009 10:12:13 AM , Rating: -1
IMHO, Microsoft would do well to re-think putting severe limitations on a starter/basic version of Windows 7.

Three app limits were foolishness (as any modern OS should be able to handle more....once again, imho), and other limits, like no dvd playback, should be forgotten. Starter (or Basic) editions should only be limited from the "cool" features that not everyone would be interested in, the same as we've seen in Vista. Either that, or offer a fuller featured Starter (Basic) version, as well as a "Lite" version with those limitations (and a much lower price point).

Otherwise, it just smacks of Microsoft deciding "to hell with the consumer, if they want it, they'll pay through the nose for it!" Makes you wonder why they're so incredulous that there's so much OS piracy out there.

By haldiggs on 6/1/2009 10:27:34 AM , Rating: 5
lol... har har har, way to restate the whole purpose of the aticle dude. Now let's start a whole line of gripes about something they just corrected.

Who wants to be first?

RE: Hopefully they'll think this thru
By invidious on 6/1/2009 10:36:08 AM , Rating: 2
Is there any reason that you cant install your own dvd playback software? I mean seriously who uses baseline WMP for watching anything? Everyone installs their own codecs/players.

RE: Hopefully they'll think this thru
By Spivonious on 6/1/2009 11:23:26 AM , Rating: 1
If it's built-in, why install something else?

RE: Hopefully they'll think this thru
By the goat on 6/1/2009 11:57:13 AM , Rating: 5
If it's built-in, why install something else?

Why do women get boob jobs?

By Spivonious on 6/1/2009 1:10:11 PM , Rating: 3
Because they think it will make up for lack of self-confidence?

By saiga6360 on 6/1/2009 1:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
Because they were expecting their computer to play DVDs. Duh.

By omnicronx on 6/1/2009 12:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
Is there any reason that you cant install your own dvd playback software? I mean seriously who uses baseline WMP for watching anything? Everyone installs their own codecs/players.
Not everyone, which is the reason that MS decided to package native mpeg2 decoding as of Vista, i.e you can play DVD's or any MPEG2 video out of the box on any piece of software that can play mpeg2 video. It is not limited to WMP, any player can make use of the native MS mpeg2 codecs (winamp etc). The main reason they did this is because of Media Center and its dependency on mpeg2, it used to be a nightmare setting up MCE correctly, and always having to worry about codec conflicts..

As I said previously, merely installing free software like VLC will solve your problem. This also leaves it up to the manufacturer to do what they will. There is nothing saying they cannot bundle a DVD player with the OS, just that MS won't support it natively.

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