With Windows 7 Microsoft is releasing cheap versions of its OS for netbooks, but faces the challenge of getting customers to buy pricier versions
Microsoft's Windows 7 is the apple of many in tech community's eye, with even former Microsoft critics eager to get their hands on the hot new OS which arrives later this year. In response to the growing netbook market, Microsoft is set to release slimmed versions of the OS which can install on netbooks. And while these versions are likely to make netbook owners day, they represent a challenge for Microsoft as it will likely to sell the base price at cheaper rates than standard OS's to keep its Linux netbook competitors at bay. In order to maintain its bottom line, Microsoft is relying on a risky strategy -- counting on customers trading up to more expensive version.