Re: Netbooks destroyed Windows?
> Microsoft didn't set Maximum specs for Netbooks. They set Maximum specs for Windows 7 Starter, which was cheaper for the OEMs than Windows 7 Home Premium.
That is not true. OEMs could install Windows 7 Starter on full laptops or even on desktop PCs, it was cheaper than Home on all those and there were no restrictions on, say, screen size.
It was actually in the days of Vista that XP was resurrected for Netbooks and limits were set. The netbook edition of XP was cheap (alleged $25) and could _only_ be installed on netbooks. To be counted as a 'netbook' there were limit set by Microsoft on screen size and resolution, CPU type, RAM size and disk size.
With Windows 7 release the netbook XP was withdrawn and OEMs had to use W7 and pay the same price for each edition regardless of what it was installed on, so netbooks lost a pricing advantage.
Now you may argue that the 'maximum specs' were for XP Netbook edition rather then a hardware spec for netbooks themselves which were then able to install XP, but this is rather a pedantic difference. The point is that this had _nothing_ to do with Windows 7, Starter or not, because the distinction, and the pricing difference, did not exist for W7.