Microsoft has said that new netbooks will have to eschew the delights of the ageing Windows XP OS later this year, as it looks to push Windows 7 further on the small-time lappies.
Steve Ballmer and co have set a 22 October deadline for PC makers, saying that as of that date they’ll need to use Windows 7 Starter edition instead. The deadline falls a year to the day since Windows 7 was officially released.
The move is not a surprise, with reports Stateside claiming 81 per cent of new netbooks come packing Windows 7. If anything, it could mean a few decent bargains being up for grabs in the run up to the deadline, as long as you’re happy rocking XP instead of Windows 7.
Windows 7 is likely to face stiff competition in the netbook space this winter as Google primes Chrome OS and Nokia and Intel ready their MeeGo OS for release.