Redmond speaks up over concerns.
With the Microsoft Windows Blog recently boasting netbook’s sold running Windows XP accounted for 96 per cent of the market, these statements are fairly significant…
Speaking to betanews a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed: “Any SKU of Windows 7 will be able to run on netbooks, which means that the hardware limitations of a netbook won’t affect the functionality of Windows 7 regardless of SKU. With Windows 7, Microsoft is on track to have a smaller OS footprint, an improved user interface that should allow for faster boot-up and shut-down times, improved power management for enhanced battery life, enhanced media capabilities and increased reliability, stability and security.”
The rumour had been netbook makers would be restricted to the Starter edition of Windows 7 which not only removes superficial niceties like the Aero animations but also limits fundamental performance such as the number of simultaneous running programmes.
“These engineering investments allow small notebook PCs to run any version of Windows 7, and allow customers complete flexibility to purchase a system which meets their needs,” the spokesperson clarified. “Small notebook PCs can run any version of Windows 7. For OEMs that build lower-cost small notebook PCs, Windows 7 Starter will now be available in developed markets at a lower cost. For the most enhanced, full-functioning Windows experience on small notebook PCs, however, consumers will want to go with Windows 7 Home Premium, which lets you get the most out of your digital media and easily connect with other PCs.”
Marketing speak aside this is rather excellent news though had it taken any other stance I suspect consumer power would have had Microsoft change its position anyway. Well, either that or it allows the Linux market share to creep back up…