I havent been keeping up with my internet reading for a while so only the big buzzes have been getting through.
I note the noise about Win 7 and the general relief that its appears so far to be less crap than Vista. So far.
I just noticed a comment today saying the cheap, netbook targeted version of Win 7 (starter) will only let you have 3 apps open simultaneously. At first I just thought it was a joke, a miss timed april fools perhaps.
Anyway it appears they are serious! I’m stunned.
What apps do they expect netbook users to be running?
Web browser? – Firefox is at least as good as any IE
Email? – Thunderbird is at least as good as Outlook Express, or its next incarnation.
Skype? – does MS have a product in this space? I think so – is it something something something live?
Office? -puh-leeese! that big daft ribbon takes far too much screen to be usable on a netbook. OOo make much more sense,( or Gnumeric).
The thing is, the most likely 3 apps are all areas where Microsoft has some serious competition. And all the competitors works at least as well on Linux.
Why would anyone buy a crippled Windows netbook, when they can have the same or better apps for free on Linux?? It makes no sense to me – unless they are expecting netbook manufacturers to stop supplying Linux machines? (HP – I’m looking at you)
So if the netbook manufacturers want to shift Windows netbooks its looks like they are stuck with the next version up of windows, which is rumoured to cost significantly more than the starter version.
So you can have a crippled Windows netbook for just a bit more than a Linux one, or you can have a normally functioning Windows one for significantly more money. But you will probably be using the same or similar apps whichever way you go.
I must be missing something about how this is going to boost windows uptake?
Please let us know in the comments