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Microsoft dumps 3-app limit from Windows 7 Starter

See that little alert above? Take a good look, because if Paul Thurrott's exclusive is on target you won't be seeing it in Windows 7 Starter Edition. Believe it or not, Microsoft has done an about-face on the three simultaneous application limit.

Microsoft took a lot of heat about this limitation, even though it rarely popped up in actual use as CNet's Ed Bott demonstrated. In my own testing, I was able to run more than I normally do - Firefox, Internet Explorer, TeamViewer, ImgBurn, Pidgin, Avast, FastStone Capture, uTorrent - all without prompting an alert.

Nevertheless, it made for an easy target for Windows 7 bashing and prompted people to label Starter Edition things like "an intentionally bad OS."

Now that the most publicly attacked shortcoming appears to be on its way out, it will be interesting to see if the more ridiculous inability to change wallpaper will be dropped as well.

Tags: osupdates, windows-7-starter