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Windows 7 Starter edition limits scrapped

Netbook version supports more than three apps

Microsoft has announced that it is removing the three-application limit on Windows 7 Starter edition.

"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," wrote Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Team Blog last week.

Windows 7 logoStarter Editions on previous versions of Windows were originally designed by Microsoft for emerging economies, but the Windows 7 version will also be available in the UK. It's most likely to be used on netbooks.

However, Windows 7 Starter will still lack a number of features from the mainstream, and more expensive, Windows 7 editions. It won't support DVD playback, Media Center features and the Aero Glass interface, for instance.

Windows 7 is expected to become available this autumn.


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