updated 04:25 pm EDT, Thu October 22, 2009
Microsoft offers downloadable Windows 7
Microsoft has kept netbook and other optical drive-less PC owners in mind with a new downloadable version of its just-released Windows 7 operating system. While downloads of Windows 7 were expected to arrive, the netbook-oriented versions are unique as the OS can be downloaded in a form that will boot from a USB drive instead of requiring a DVD. The downloadable OS is only available through the Microsoft Store.
Despite the association with netbooks, the version Microsoft is offering to download isn't the Starter edition that will be preloaded on some netbooks directly from manufacturers but instead includes the Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate editions found elsewhere. Prices for these versions aren't changed from regular copies.