Netbooks equipped with solid-state drives (SSD) sporting as little as 16GB of
storage capacity will be able to comfortably run Windows 7,
Microsoft said on Thursday
. The operating system and auxiliary files
generated by Windows 7 -- including restore files, log points, hibernation
files, and temp files -- will require 8GB, leaving 8GB for applications and user
data, Microsoft senior lead program manager Leon Braginski said during a
presentation at its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC).
Gartner expects the wholesale prices of SSDs to be halved by 2010, when Windows
7 is expected to be released.