Win 7 on a netbook? Microsoft seeking beta testers outside U.S.

Win 7 on a netbook? Microsoft seeking beta testers outside U.S.

Summary: Mary Jo Foley, over at All About Microsoft, is reporting that Microsoft is searching for people in several countries who might be interested in trying Windows 7 on a lower-power PC. The countries include: Chile, Egypt, Lebanon, Brazil, Jordan and India.

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Mary Jo Foley, over at All About Microsoft, is reporting that Microsoft is searching for people in several countries who might be interested in trying Windows 7 on a lower-power PC. The countries include: Chile, Egypt, Lebanon, Brazil, Jordan and India. She writes:

It’s not clear whether Microsoft’s Windows team is interested in testing a new netbook-specific SKU of Windows 7 or perhaps something more like Windows 7 Starter Edition — a low-end version of Windows tailored for emerging- and developing-market customers. According to an e-mail invitation sent to testers earlier this month which I had a chance to see, Microsoft is seeking testers to run a test version of Windows 7 on machines that sound a lot like netbooks (except for the fact they include DVD drives — something that some purists say disqualifies a machine from being a “true” netbook).

For Microsoft, netbooks are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they're becoming more popular at a time when PC sales are sluggish. On the other hand, they don't generate much as much money and they're still running Windows XP. Both Mary Jo and Larry Dignan dig in deeper on the love-hate relationship between Microsoft and netbooks in their own posts, linked below.

Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Software, Windows

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    I am sure they can come up with some new exploits....
    Christian_<><
    • Seriously, ZDNET..

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      silent.griffin
  • RE: Win 7 on a netbook? Microsoft seeking beta testers outside U.S.

    That is a good idea. Please tell me how to join it.
    nmasnadithya
  • If they supply the netbook too

    Count me in, I've got this wobbly table that needs the leg propping up. On second thoughts I'll just wipe W7 off it and put my favourite distro on and then it might be useful.
    Alan Smithie
    • Plenty of linux netbooks already

      make for good table props. But this would be free as in hardware, maybe beer as well.
      Boot_Agnostic
  • I would do it if

    I could install it on a SDHC card. I wouldn't want to wipe a 16 GB hard drive for a temporary OS, and it's not like you can dual boot on something that small (unless you have no apps or data).
    Michael Kelly
  • RE: Win 7 on a netbook? Microsoft seeking beta testers outside U.S.

    Interesting, but a more important issue is whether or not Microsoft is going to port Windows 7 to new $200 Freescale-ARM netbooks that are coming out later this year. Or is it going to let linux have that whole market?
    Eduardo_z
  • RE: Win 7 on a netbook? Microsoft seeking beta testers outside U.S.

    yes me from india,I was loaded win7 in a lower end machine,it works great,hard disc only sucks
    sathya_robin