Netbooks Can Run Windows 7 Beta 1
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jan 2009
Following the news that the Google developed Android OS has been successfully used to power a netbook, we have more good news regarding netbook usage: the recently released Windows 7 Beta 1, which we all know to be less of a resource hog than Vista, has been installed on these popular, but not too resource-rich devices.

Netbooks may be simple devices that one can use to perform tasks like browsing the web, listening to music, and so on, but the simple truth of the matter is that netbooks are the hottest selling item on the market today. People are not willing to part with huge amounts of cash for a high-performance computer only to end up using it for basic tasks a few years later when its hardware configuration no longer supports the latest games on the market.


Having established that netbooks are very popular with people all over the world (and by people I mean buyers), what does that mean to Microsoft and Windows 7? It all boils down to money: if Windows 7 can efficiently power a netbook device, then this opens up new market possibilities for the Redmond software developer. At this point in time about 30% of all Asus and Acer netbooks are shipped with Linux preinstalled on them; HP, Lenovo and Dell on the other hand provide a choice between the Linux-based operating systems and the soon to be obsolete Windows XP.

Consumer Product Managing Director for Windows, Parri Munsell explains: “Windows 7 has been optimized and engineered to run on anything, from the smallest notebook to the most loaded laptop or desktop.” There has been a lot of hype on the web recently about how Windows will crush Linux and how Linux can never be dethroned, and so on. The way I see it, this is a good thing; if Windows 7 turns out to be a viable option for netbook devices, then the end user will be able to choose which operating system to use. The end user does not care about how much money a company makes or does not make, he just wants the solution that is best suited to his needs.

If you would like to see a video of how Windows 7 was installed on netbooks, a YouTube link is available here.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7 Beta 1
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