Windows 7 on a Netbook

Microsoft has been growing its share of the Netbook segment in recent months, but it’s largely on the back of the company’s older Windows XP product, rather than Windows Vista.

The trend toward the small, cheap notebooks has not been lost on the software maker, however. When the topic turns to Windows 7 at the Professional Developers Conference next week, I would expect the software maker to talk about an operating system that can run well on all manner of laptops, including the ultra-low-end.

Day 2 will also feature talk of Office 14, the next version of Office, with sources saying that the company will show off some features, including its ability to run inside a Web browser.

As for the Netbooks, it’s a critical segment for Microsoft to be competitive in, growing far faster than the market as a whole. It’s also the first slice of the desktop market where Microsoft has been a significant level of competition from Linux.

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