As the e-mail trail in the “Vista-capable” class-action suit continues to unfold, — with netbooks, Microsoft may be entering similarly unchartered and potentially hazardous waters. A growing number of market watchers are predicting that more and more users may end up purchasing a low-end PC capable of little more than e-mail and Web browsing over a more powerful (and expensive) PC. If this does happen to the extent some analysts are now forecasting, how will Microsoft react to keep its margins and profits high?
[…]whether Microsoft will charge netbook makers less per copy to license Windows 7 than it does to license Windows 7 running on a fully-powered laptop/notebook/PC. I believed this to be a question, rather than a given, because Microsoft officials are saying that a full — not a stripped-down — version of Windows 7 will run on netbooks. Even though netbooks are coming in at a few hundred dollars, does that necessarily mean Microsoft can’t or won’t charge netbook OEMs the full price per copy for Windows?