The "rules" and restrictions on Windows 7 for a netbook are the subject of debate, since Microsoft are appearing to have made a U turn on the 3 app issue is anyone clear on what exactly 7 will offer on a netbook?
The "rules" and restrictions on Windows 7 for a netbook are the subject of debate, since Microsoft are appearing to have made a U turn on the 3 app issue is anyone clear on what exactly 7 will offer on a netbook?

We all remember the articles around Vista 7 Starter having a 3 apps limit, a move which presumably Microsoft wanted to encourage customers to upgrade to one of the other (more expensive) versions of 7. It comes as little surprise to me now that Microsoft appear to have backed down on that particular scheme and its now reported that the 3 app hobbling has been removed.

Before we look at this further, cast your mind back over the last few weeks at all the MS faithful that claimed 3 apps wasn’t a problem. They claimed it would’nt have an impact on your Windows experience and some claimed that many bloggers/reporters were making an issue out of nothing. So why has Microsoft backed down on its Starter policy then? and the other question I would like to ask, when we get news like the 3 app hobbling what are the motives behind some reporters trying to dismiss negative news on Microsoft. In my opinion Microsoft realized that the 3 app limit was a bad idea and removed it.

Microsoft are alleged to have said:

“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,”

Which leaves me a little confused since I was reading at the time by many that the 3 app limit wouldn’t make a difference and wasnt an issue.

Microsoft are reported to have said that there will be other restrictions placed on the Starter edition, and one of our most noted MS faithful seems to think one such restriction will be the inability to change the backdrop within 7. He has this to say on Twitter:

“I think the wallpaper limitation in Windows 7 Starter is lame. I can change the wallpaper on a $30 phone, why not on a $300 Netbook?” http://twitter.com/adacosta

and Id answer Mr Da Costa, because Microsoft would hope it will entice users to upgrade. Wallpaper and customization of your OS is something that is popular.

If netbooks are (Microsofts words) for simple tasks, why are they wanting to release 7 when XP seems to be keeping customers happy?
If netbooks are (Microsofts words) for basic tasks, why are they wanting to release 7 when XP seems to be keeping customers happy?

Which does make me think that there isnt enough here (in respect of 7 on a netbook) to entice users. Forgetting that many people already have one, already have a dedication to the XP platform, who is going to want to go out for the 7 on a Netbook, when by Microsoft’s own statement the netbook is for simple tasks?

In my opinion Windows Starter will allow that cheap 7 laptop into your home, once people realize what restrictions are on it they will upgrade making that Netbook not so cheap any more. The off the shelf price will still be in the Netbook range, however IMO the price could be much higher in the long run.

What I would like readers to consider as a result of this article is to always research and form your own opinion. There are people on the Net who could put a positive spin on the end of the world and whilst we saw many dismissing the issue of the 7 hobbling, it now transpires that even Microsoft think it a bad idea (IMO)

My advice for those who MUST have a Windows based Netbook, should go with XP. I believe this Vista 7 on Netbooks could be fraught with issues.

Talking of netbooks, anyone have Vista on one and would like to comment?

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com