Microsoft sets limits on Windows 7


Yup, Microsoft’s bigman himself, Steve Ballmer, confirmed that the Windows 7 Starter will have certain limitations that should be abided by computer makers.

Although some executives of the software giant already said earlier this yea that the company will place restrictions on some of the versions of the OS, Steve Ballmer is the highest computer official to confirm and talk specifics on the limitations.

The Windows 7 Starter edition is expected to be placed in netbooks or systems with small screens and low-powered processors. Also, it will not be sold directly to consumers or businesses. Instead, it will be available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Acer, ASUS, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba.

“Our license tells you what a netbook is,” said Ballmer at the Microsoft-hosted day with Wall Street analysts. “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.”

And their purpose for the limitations?

“We want people to be able to get the advantages of lightweight performance and be able to spend more money with us, with Intel, with HP, with Dell and with many, many others,” Balmer said.