Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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> Windows 7 Starter Edition Is Too Wimpy for New Netbooks
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> | Given Starter Editionâs lameness, youâd think that netbook vendors might
> | shun it and install Windows 7 Home Premium instead. Not so. Samsung says
> | its Go netbook will ship with SE, starting in November. Nokiaâs Win 7
> | plans are fuzzy at this point. And Dell recently told me that its
> | netbooks will continue to offer a variety of OS options, including
> | âUbuntu and Windows-based editions.â
> | Somethingâs fishy here. Itâs not as if the entire genre of netbooks is
> | too wimpy to run Windows 7 Home Premium. If that were the case,
> | Microsoft would have announced recently that Win 7 SE users will be able
> | to upgrade to Home Premium for $80. Rather, this is about Microsoftâs
> | desire to cripple the netbook category and upsell consumers to Home
> | Premium.
> | Sadly, many buyers will shell out $400 or so for a reasonably-powered
> | netbook with a 10-inch display, only to learn theyâve been saddled with
> | a feeble version of Windows 7. A classic bait-and-switch? It sure looks
> | that way. Itâs also a recipe for consumer ire. Nobody wants to pay a
> | fairly significant sum for a consumer electronics device, only to learn
> | they must pay an additional $80 for features they were expecting.
> Nice shot in the foot there.
I think it's A Good Thing.
- The "Windows Tax" becomes minimal.
- The cost of a Windows Upgrade becomes visible.
- Non-Windows users are charged very little for an OS that they will
over-write.... perhaps less-than-nothing when you count the kick-backs for
including trial-ware etc. in the installation.
Not perfect, but imo as good as it's going to get soon.
I just wish they'd install this Starter Edition on *all* computers which
sell with pre-installed Windows.