Microsoft kills Windows 7 Starter's 3-app limit


That move, another analyst said today, was prompted by Microsoft desire to by forcing the low-priced Starter edition into a narrowly-defined category so that more powerful machines with larger screens would be required to run more-expensive editions.

Today's change to Windows 7 Starter reinforces Microsoft's position as the maker of the default netbook operating system, said Cherry. "They didn't want to get into a situation where they gave Linux an opportunity to get back into consideration," he said.

Microsoft has not set a ship date for Windows 7, but has said it's on track to have the new OS on store shelves in time for the 2009 holiday sales season.