Pender's Blog

Blog archive

Ballmer Still No Fan of Netbooks, Apparently

It turns out that Windows 7 Starter Edition, the version of the new operating system aimed at netbooks, will be pretty lame after all. And that it will be for OEMs only. And that it will be more expensive than XP, meaning Microsoft will be damaging one of the main value points of buying a netbook (the price). And that Steve Ballmer just doesn't like netbooks that much in general. Dig his quote from the story linked above:

"Our license tells you what a netbook is. Our license says it's got to have a super-small screen, which means it probably has a super-small keyboard, and it has to have a certain processor and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."

You know what, Steve? XP runs just fine on the netbook your editor is using to type this post right now -- and it probably will for a while. And if at some point it doesn't, that free Linux thing might be kind of tempting after all. Don't mess with the netbook crowd.

Posted by Lee Pender on August 12, 2009 at 11:55 AM


Featured

  • Microsoft Announces Positive Q4 Revenue Results of $46.2B

    Microsoft on Tuesday reported $46.2 billion in total revenue during its fiscal-year 2021 Q4 period, up 21% from the same quarter last year.

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.

  • Kaseya Unlocking REvil-Encrypted Data Using Universal Key

    IT solutions firm Kaseya is now using a "universal decryptor key" for customers affected by a REvil ransomware attack.

  • Microsoft Unveils Plans To End Microsoft Stores for Business and Education

    The online Microsoft Store for Business and Microsoft Store for Education will be ending in the "first quarter of 2023," per a Microsoft document as well as a Wednesday announcement.