Microsoft has confirmed that it is to ditch its 3 applications limit for Windows 7 Starter edition following feedback from users around the world.
The version, which has been created to appeal to netbook users was going to be restricted so as to not slow the operating system down when running on netbook or nettop computer that isn't as powerful as a fully fledged laptop or desktop offering.
"For the first time, we will be making Windows 7 Starter available worldwide on small notebook PCs. We are also going to enable Windows 7 Starter customers the ability to run as many applications simultaneously as they would like, instead of being constricted to the 3 application limit that the previous Starter editions included," said Brandon LeBlanc on the official Windows Blog before u-turning on the decision.
"We believe these changes will make Windows 7 Starter an even more attractive option for customers who want a small notebook PC for very basic tasks, like browsing the web, checking email and personal productivity."
However, the Windows 7 Starter still won't include all Windows 7 functionality currently offered in the Release Candidate.
Microsoft has said that the Windows 7 Starter edition won't feature:
- Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the “Windows Basic” or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
- Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes.
- The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
- Multi-monitor support.
- DVD playback.
- Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
- Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
- Domain support for business customers.
- XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.
With such drawbacks LeBlanc suggests users might be better off opting for the Home Premium edition for their netbook if they are looking to upgrade to Windows 7 when in becomes available later this year.