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Let’s talk about Windows 7 Starter
There has been a lot of talk recently about Windows 7 Starter, so I thought I’d dive a little deeper into what it means to have this edition of Windows 7 running on a small notebook PC (a.k.a. a netbook).
Today, the Starter edition of Windows is designed for entry level PCs and available only in certain regions. We first introduced a “Starter edition” with Windows XP, and did again with Windows Vista. Starter comes with limitations, such as being able to run only 3 concurrent applications on a PC at a time (this excludes background processes such as anti-virus applications, wireless and Bluetooth, and system tools like Explorer and Control Panel).
There of course will also be Windows 7 Starter edition, but based on the feedback we’ve received from partners and customers asking us to enable a richer small notebook PC experience with Windows 7 Starter, we’ve decided to make some changes compared to previous Starter editions.
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 3 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.
It is important to note that Windows 7 Starter still includes only a subset of the features offered in the higher editions of Windows 7 such as Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and above. Windows 7 Starter does not include:
As we continue to say since we announced the Windows 7 editions in February, all editions of Windows 7 have been optimized to run on the broadest range of hardware ranging from small notebook PCs all the way up to high end gaming machines. Windows 7 Starter should not be considered “the netbook SKU” as most machines in this category can run any edition of Windows 7. 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.
I’ve since moved to Windows 7 Home Premium on my Dell Mini 9 and am glad I did.
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|30 May 2009||#2|
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Here again you have to think of what planet do these CEO's come from.
Most people WILL WANT DVD playing on their netbooks -- even if you run the DVD from an external Disk image. A tiny WD usb passport drive with 500GB fits easily into a pocket and can store PLENTY of entire DVD's even as complete ISO images. On a small screen you can still compress these quite a lot say by using DIVX / DVDSQUEEZE etc and you don't notice compression artifacts on small screens too much anyway.
On a small computer Personalisation is EVEN MORE important than one with a large screen - especially as you get older -- you need to be able to adjust the themes, fonts etc etc to be able to get the most out of the reduced screen area compared with more traditional computers,
OK you can get external DVD playing applications such as VLC but the OS ought to have this built in.
On a netbook I don't mind losing AERO but I most CERTAINLY DO want Multimedia music streaming and RDP (remote desktop).
I also want EXTERNAL monitor capability -- I can use one of these at home to watch TV on whilst doing other things on a desktop for example.
These netbooks are actually quite powerful for what they need to do --of course I wouldn't use these for very complex Photoshop CS4 or Video editing - or gaming but that isn't what these are designed to do in any case.
For everything else including quite sophisticated office applications (including preparing presentations, EXCEL spreadsheets etc) these Netbooks aren't "Toys" but real computers.
Very useful they are too.
If I can't get these basic facilities on the Netbook then I'll leave XP running on it -- XP PRO works fine ( I transferred an old XP Pro license from a computer I'm now running Windows 7 on full time).
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