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Microsoft Plans Netbook and Mobile Broadband Bundles
By: MarkJ - 06 March, 2009 (8:40 AM)

Software giant Microsoft (MS) has revealed that it is in talks with mobile phone operators about future Netbook and Mobile Broadband service bundles. The Netbooks themselves would come equipped with MS's forthcoming new operating system (OS), Windows 7 (i.e. Vista 2):

Neil Holloway, vice president for business strategy at Microsoft International, told ZDNet UK : "Microsoft is working with telcos as a specific channel. The way that Carphone Warehouse bundles phones, PCs and laptops is phenomenal. We will do something slightly similar, and make some offer which includes Windows 7 and Windows Live."

Microsoft hopes that offering operators special incentives to push its new OS through bundles will help it grow into the ultra-portable market. This is something that their existing OS, Windows Vista, has been unable to do due to its high system requirements.

Windows 7 is expected to be what Vista should have been, a leaner, faster and less resource intensive OS that can even work on slower Netbook platforms. Undercutting the dominance of Linux based Netbooks in this field would be a bonus.

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