Microsoft eases hard drive capacity restriction for netbooks

Microsoft has officially eased the restriction of the standard specification for netbooks using the Windows XP operation system by increasing the allowable hard drive capacity from 80GB to 160GB, according to sources in the channel.

In line with the new policy, Micro-Star International (MSI) launched a 160GB version of its Wind Notebook U100 with a price set around NT$17,900-18,900 (US$562-594), while Asustek Computer will launch its 160GB Eee PC 1000H on September 3 with a price of NT$18,988.

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Why should MS even put artificial limits on it at all? Though, they did do this with the different editions of Vista making that if you wanted an OS worth the upgrade you had to spend $100s more.

I agree. Why even put "artificial" limits on disk size? I thought we were well past that since SP1 for XP came out.

(Foub said @ #1)
Why should MS even put artificial limits on it at all?
Surely you know the answer to this...
"Because they can."

And to discourage XP installs in favor of Vista. Vista is the better OS between the two, but low-end hardware may run better with XP. At some point Microsoft made the decision on what hardware specs will remain entitled to run XP on new hardware products.

(markjensen said @ #1.2)
Surely you know the answer to this...
"Because they can."

And to discourage XP installs in favor of Vista. Vista is the better OS between the two, but low-end hardware may run better with XP. At some point Microsoft made the decision on what hardware specs will remain entitled to run XP on new hardware products.

Vista has these limits on internet access speed and memory size as well on the "lower" editions....... Its all about money, not product quality. To make Vista worth anything you have to pay much more for it's "Top" edition. Linux has many of the same features as Vista Ultimate and yet it is still free.

As for Vista being better than XP. That is a mater of opinion. :suspicious:

Yes, it's about money. Yes, I like Linux, too.

As for Vista being better than XP, it is more than opinion. It is fact. Vista, as an OS, has a much better security model. Some may find UAC annoying, but it does its job. All-around, it is updated and improved over XP.

Now, for some cases there may be certain problems with specific apps in Vista. But that does not change the fact that Vista is much improved in security and capabilities over XP.

I guess I don't share the same knee-jerk reaction of hatred to anything Microsoft or Vista-related.