I'm in the market for a cheap netbook, I'd been hanging on until the Windows 7 release to see what is available.
Looking around today, I see that most of the low-end netbooks are being offered with something called Windows 7 "Starter Edition". When you look at what the Starter Edition is, you wonder what on earth Microsoft were thinking?
No Aero, no DVD playback, no taskbar previews, no user-switching, and - worst of all - no personalization options whatsoever. You cannot even change the wallpaper! Seriously, the first thing any ordinary user does on a new machine is stick a photo of their cat as the background, with Windows 7 Starter you can't even do that!
Why would anyone ever choose this unusable, insanely-crippled "can't do" OS over the ancient but solid "can do" XP Home Edition? Is this really Microsoft's best answer to the Linux encroachment in the netbook field? Anyone buying this junk will very quickly tire of the petty restrictions and either install XP or a (probably pirated) real version of Win7, or be forced to pay for an upgrade to Home Premium, all whilst being left with a poor impression of Windows 7 as a product.
Is this the worst Windows release ever?