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Microsoft's Netbook Vision: They Ain't Netbooks!

When Microsoft begins to lose control of a market, it doesn't just break out new products -- it also breaks out the speeches and press conferences. And so it was that Microsoft announced its vision for netbooks at a conference in Taiwan, where a good many netbooks are made.

First, netbooks are not netbooks. They are "small notebook PCs." Another revelation? Microsoft is expecting netbooks to move from casual Web surfing tools and travel companions to full-fledged, full-function machines. And that's why Microsoft removed the three-application restriction from Windows 7 Starter, designed in part for netbooks.

Do you have a netbook, and can you see a day when one serves all your PC needs? Tell me more at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on June 10, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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