Atom N270/N280-based netbooks unlikely to get Windows 7

June 12, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Windows 7Netbook manufacturers may end up keeping any models based on Intel’s N270 or N280 Atom processors running on Windows XP rather than upgrade to Windows 7. The rationale behind such a move is that due to intense competition in the netbook segment, putting prices up (as would be the case with Windows 7) would put them at a strategic disadvantage.

It is believed that the latest quotes from Microsoft on Windows 7 is around the $45-$55 mark. This compares to the OEM price of Windows XP which is around $25-$30. Although, other rumours have pointed to an XP price as low as $15. The top manufacturers are still negotiating with Microsoft to try and bring the price down.

However, vendors do not see Windows 7 being a big selling point when it comes to netbooks as they believe that most consumers believe Windows XP is good enough for a netbook. At the moment, Windows 7 is only being considered for the next generation of Atom ‘Pineview’ processors including 1.66GHz Atom N450 based devices.

Update: Samsung has said that it “will run Windows XP for as long as we can,” speaking to Laptop Mag. It said that as things stand, it wasn’t convinced of Windows 7 Starter Edition.

Via Digitimes.


252 Responses to “Atom N270/N280-based netbooks unlikely to get Windows 7”

  1. Traveler said:
    July 7th, 2009 1:31 PM

    That’s good anyway, XP is my favorite, Windows 7 might be just another Microsoft trick to get money out of our pockets. Bill wants to role everything…