March 25, 2009 at 9:41 pm
Microsoft has openly talked about its hopes for Windows 7 running beautifully on netbooks. It does not want to make the same mistakes it has made with Vista and is keen for netbook vendors to ship with Windows 7 on launch rather than XP. Higher margins is one of the main reasons MS has actively talked about the netbooks + Win 7 combination. Windows 7 Starter (crippled) Edition will only allow three applications to run at one-time and MS are banking on being able to upsell the more premium versions to consumers.
It is not surprising to learn that Samsung is already actively developing netbooks with the Windows 7 platform. However, whilst Microsoft is pushing the Starter Edition, Samsung say that there is a possibility of including the fuller Windows 7 versions on future netbooks. The main hurdle right now is the royalties it has to pay to Microsoft according to Tech Radar.
“Currently Microsoft provides Windows XP for netbooks. For Windows 7 they would like to give us Windows 7 Starter Edition for netbooks. That’s the current plan,” said Samsung’s Head of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Kyu Uhm. “[Different versions are a] matter of how much we need to pay to Microsoft. It is an open issue. So we can ship other Windows 7 versions, but it is a matter of royalties.”
Samsung also said that it is unlikely to make a Linux netbook, however it may change its made if users demanded it. Patrick Pavel European Product Manager said: “The normal user, they are used to XP and how to install a printer and so on. We can do Linux if the market is demanding it. If there’s demand, let’s do it. We even started to develop some Linux platforms.” It sounds unlikely then, but with a number of different Linux based kernels coming soon like JoliCloud, gOS and Moblin, Samsung may embrace Linux yet.