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Intel Atom N270 and N280 netbooks won't get Windows 7 upgrade

Posted on Friday, June 12 2009 @ 22:36:09 CEST by

DigiTimes reports netbooks with the Intel Atom N270 and N280 processors are unlikely to get an upgrade to Windows 7 due to increasing costs and low consumer demand.
The current price of Windows XP OEM version is only around US$25-30, but the latest quotes from Microsoft for the netbook version of Windows 7 is around US$45-55 and therefore first-tier vendors are unable to transfer the cost to the netbooks' sales price due to the fierce competition. The first-tier notebook vendors are still negotiating with Microsoft hoping to bring the price down.

Since most consumers think Windows XP is enough to handle their needs in a netbook, the Upgrade to Windows 7 Program will provide less incentive to attract consumers to purchase netbooks.



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