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Microsoft Doubtful of Win XP's Netbook Future

Windows 7 is here and it's pretty good. If you're a road warrior armed with a netbook, however, it seems that Windows XP is still the choice for those who demand the longest battery life. But Microsoft doesn't foresee that Windows XP will be living much longer on those tiny little laptops.

With Windows 7 being the main product now that Microsoft, it sees little reason to market and push Windows XP as the operating system of choice for netbooks. In fact, instead of pushing the low-cost Windows 7 Starter for netbooks, Microsoft is giving it the full treatment with Home Premium.

The director of netbook PCs in Microsoft's Windows client group, Don Paterson, told The Register in an interview, "We will continue to make Windows XP available for those devices [netbooks], but it doesn't make sense to put marketing effort behind those devices. As much as we make Windows XP available for a year, we won't see it last in the market that long. We will get through the holidays. My gut [feeling] is we will walk away from the holidays and see that it's not worth keeping it in market."

Paterson added that those who "do their homework and understand the value proposition [of Windows 7 Home Premium] will migrate," while those who choose Windows XP are just looking for "absolutely the lowest cost device" or are just resistant to change.

From here on out, it seems that Windows 7 Home Premium is that main choice for nearly all consumer PCs.

  • krazyderek
    read: stop buying our old refined product we don't make as much money off of and buy the new version that has worse battery life and many many service packs to come.
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  • ssalim
    Resistance to change? Are they forcing us (winXP) to upgrade? Why should I? I would if it's free. I don't need Win7.
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  • BrentonMcGhee
    krazyderekread: stop buying our old refined product we don't make as much money off of and buy the new version that has worse battery life and many many service packs to come.
    read: I will and will always be an XP user completely ignoring all of the benefits that 7 has to offer.
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  • Niva
    ^^ You can't update beyond direct x 9c on windows xp as far as I'm aware.
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  • apache_lives
    __-_-_-__I still use xp x64. stable and compatible as hell. even got directx11 on it."benefits that 7 has to offer" woot? lol!
    You give 64 bit windows xp 2gb of ram and its ok, you give it 8gb and... its still the same as if you had 2gb - on the other hand if you feed vista or 7 the 8gb it owns, the more you give it, the quicker it gets.

    How about trying it one day? you will never go back.
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  • apache_lives
    Pffffff sif use xp when you can use windows 3.11 - wwwwaaaaaaayyyyyyyy faster and ligher on the resources
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  • deadlockedworld
    yea lets re-release DOS!! very easy on comp resources
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  • deadlockedworld
    why cant MS make a light version of windows? Apple runs a modified OS X on iphones... so it only seems natural that microsoft could make a netbook capable windows..
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  • apache_lives
    deadlockedworldyea lets re-release DOS!! very easy on comp resources
    its too heavy on resources - the bios is much lighter
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  • maigo
    XP is less UI bloat. I hate UI bloat.
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