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Intel Atom to support Windows 7 Basic & Starter

Chip maker reveals Windows 7 netbook plans

Intel plans to make sure all of its popular Atom microprocessors support at least two versions of Windows 7, the company announced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF).

The chip maker will implant support for the Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Basic editions, Anand Chandrasekher, Intel’s head of Ultra Mobility said today.

Intel designed Atom microprocessors for mobile devices such as netbooks, which are down-sized laptops, as well as small, handheld computers it calls mobile Internet devices (MIDs).

The chips will also support the newest version of the Linux OS that Intel developed for small devices, Moblin v2.0. The alpha version of Moblin v2.0 is already available on the moblin.org website.

Microsoft’s Windows XP Home and Windows Vista Basic will continue to be supported by Atom microprocessors in the second half, Intel said.


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