For the first time, we will be making Windows 7 Starter available worldwide on small notebook PCs. We are also going to enable Windows 7 Starter customers the ability to run as many applications simultaneously as they would like, instead of being constricted to the 3 application limit that the previous Starter editions included.
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.
It is important to note that Windows 7 Starter still includes only a subset of the features offered in the higher editions of Windows 7 such as Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional and above.
That could be big news for people wanting to run Starter on their netbooks. According to the article:
Windows 7 Starter does not include:
Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the “Windows Basic” or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek.
Personalization features for changing desktop backgrounds, window colors, or sound schemes. The ability to switch between users without having to log off.
Windows Media Center for watching recorded TV or other media.
Remote Media Streaming for streaming your music, videos, and recorded TV from your home computer.
Domain support for business customers.
XP Mode for those that want the ability to run older Windows XP programs on Windows 7.
These are similar restrictions to previous Starter editions. I can see how the lack of DVD and personalization features will irk some people. The solution seems to be to move up to one of the Home versions of Windows 7.
We have to keep in mind that Starter versions of Windows have been limited to emerging markets until now. This is the first time they'll be offering it worldwide.