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Microsoft Explains Netbook vs Small Notebook PC

During Computex, we heard that Microsoft is starting to refer to netbooks as "small notebook PCs."lol alrigh That’s fair enough, considering that is essentially what netbooks are today.

Still, with the rest of the industry and consumers referring to “small notebooks PCs” as netbooks, and Intel having faught for the freedom of the term itself, we were curious to find out just what Microsoft is thinking.

We got the chance to talk to Ben Rudolph, senior PR manager of Windows Client, regarding the shift in terminology.

It turns out that Microsoft is referring to the netbook segment as small notebook PCs because of the growing capability of today’s machines. The original netbooks, mostly the Asus Eee PCs, were small 7-inch devices with Linux that did little more than net-centric tasks such as browsing, email and chat.

“The term small notebook PCs makes the category more appealing,” said Rudolph, adding that the machines are more capable than ever.

With the Nvidia Ion chipset coming this summer and Intel’s Pine Trail CPU hitting this fall, small notebook PCs will be more powerful than ever. For this reason, Microsoft believes that netbooks are actually evolving to become closer to the capabilities of notebooks.

“The category is an evolution… they’re really becoming more powerful,” added Rudolph. “[The terminology shift] is indicative in where the technology is going.”

  • coopchennick
    everything in the computing world becomes more powerful very quickly

    we dont need a new name each time that happens
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  • wasteoftime
    Welcome to Tom's Hardware lol alrigh! We don't proofread our articles. That would take too much time when we have such groundbreaking news to report. I don't want to cause a giant faught or anything, but come on guys. Seriously?
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  • coopchennick
    wasteoftimeI don't want to cause a giant faught or anything, but come on guys. Seriously?
    Come on man. Seriously?
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  • talys
    Maybe they would prefer:

    Unibody reduced footprint portable Windows-capable computing device

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  • computabug
    Lmao maybe Marcus was writing this article while messaging someone and typed that in the article :p
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  • roastmaster
    wasteoftimeWelcome to Tom's Hardware lol alrigh! We don't proofread our articles. That would take too much time when we have such groundbreaking news to report. I don't want to cause a giant faught or anything, but come on guys. Seriously?
    GAINT FAUGHT? You mean giant fight. Correct yourself before you correct others. Moron.
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  • jacobdrj
    Is this article just more weekend humor?
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  • simplyderp
    roastmasterGAINT FAUGHT? You mean giant fight. Correct yourself before you correct others. Moron.
    coopchennickCome on man. Seriously?
    He mistyped on purpose to mock. I don't appreciate 'news' like this, but - damnit - I read it anyway.
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  • wasteoftime
    "netbooks, and Intel having faught for the freedom of the term itself"


    RTFA then say something.
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  • wasteoftime
    Oh, and Roastmaster, it's Giant, not GAINT. So, take your own advice.
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