Are Microsoft & Intel Controlling Netbook Specifications? You Decide.

As I have previously stated, I personally believe that the differences between netbooks and laptops have become blurred. But others believe that the differences are major when it comes to business use. I must admit that I have not given the business use much thought, but I can see that this could be a problem.

Some are saying that Microsoft and Intel are limiting what netbooks can do. They cite that netbooks have no DVD player, only 1 GB of RAM, and a puny 1.6 GHz processor. They claim that business users would be unable to run multiple applications at the same time.

One article states:

As long as the artificial barrier of 10.2-inch screens and 1MB RAM remains, netbooks will remain fine for some users, but not up to the task of real business computing. I say this not out of PC chauvinism but because I used to use a netbook as my primary portable and abandoned it for something more powerful.

Today, I carry the netbook when I want to go someplace that I know has Wi-Fi and want to be able to check e-mail and do simple writing projects or run a couple of specialized applications I need for work. And for that, the netbook is fine. Trying to run even two apps simultaneously is, however, an invitation to slow-as-molasses performance.

Mostly, I blame this on 1GB memory, but the 1.6 GHz. processor doubtless plays a part.

The author also states this:

I am impressed by a blog, over at The Atlantic, which challenges the assumption that Intel/Microsoft need to cripple netbooks to protect their higher-end machines. Daniel Indiviglio makes the point that lower prices lead to more sales and in the end the two companies would end up with about the same amount of money they’d get from notebooks anyway.

I don’t entirely buy that argument, but it is sad when companies that have done so much to promote “smaller, faster, cheaper” over the years are now purposely holding back.

I must be missing something. I personally believe that netbooks and laptops are two entirely different products. The netbook is limited in size, power, and purpose for surfing the Internet and checking mail. The laptop is a higher powered box for doing work. I believe that they are apples and oranges apart from each other.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.