Ballmer Confirms Skinny Version of Windows 7 for Netbooks

Even though Microsoft says Windows 7 works beautifully on netbooks just the way it is—and it's trueSteve Ballmer confirmed they're making Windows 7 tighten things up to run even better on them.

One of the catalysts for Windows 7's diet for the netbook crowd, apparently, is Google's Android moseying its way up to them from smartphones. Which sounds a bit like Ballmy's Google paranoia coming into play, since most people have opted for Windows on their netbooks despite the multitude of very good Linux flavors available.

It makes for a fun guessing game though—Windows 7 Starter can only run three apps a time, so what will be missing from Windows 7 Internet Edition? [Financial Times]