I grabbed a $300 netbook from Costco the other day and put Windows 7 “Starter Edition” on it. For those of you not familiar with it – it’s a stripped down version of Windows that they’ll start selling with Netbooks very soon – something to counterbalance all those Netbooks sold with Linux installed.
This thing is fast. With all the lame fancy graphics tricks stripped from the OS, we have a really clean and zippy option for Netbooks.
Guys, this is solid, reliable, attractive and robust – all the things we want from Windows.
And, as a bonus, I’m writing this piece on Windows Live Writer. I’ve heard about this for awhile as well and, well, it too impresses me.
Combine this with the promise of the Zune HD and, well, am I excited about Microsoft again?