Previously the company had specified that the operating system should run no more than three applications simultaneously. However, in a post on the Windows blog Microsoft has said the operating system will be opened up.
“Based on the feedback we’ve received from partners and customers asking us to enable a richer small notebook PC experience with Windows 7 Starter, we’ve decided to make some changes compared to previous Starter editions,” the company said.
“We are going to enable Windows 7 Starter customers the ability to run as many applications simultaneously as they would like, instead of being constricted to the 3 application limit that the previous Starter editions included.”
In addition Microsoft is going to be selling the Starter version worldwide, rather than in selected regions – usually developing countries.
Nevertheless restrictions remain. The operating system will not be able to play DVDs, stream music or support Windows XP software.