Friday, June 26, 2009

Is Microsoft about to offer Windows 7 on USB thumb drives?

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Is Microsoft actually considering offering Windows 7 on USB thumb drives to allow netbook owners to upgrade their machines? In an interview on Thursday, Senior Vice President Bill Veghte said that Microsoft had nothing to announce on that front.

Windows has, until now, only been distributed on DVDs or via download. However, netbooks don't come with optical drives and downloading an operating system is a frankly painful experience.

The Windows 7 ISO weighs in at 2.3GB, which would take several hours to download on an average broadband connection and potentially do serious damage to a customer's broadband data cap.

Consequently, the company is exploring alternative means of distributing the OS, including USB flash drives, according to a report on CNET

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