* Blow to ARM's efforts to become a major netbook player
* Sees little threat from Google's Android
TAIPEI, June 3 - Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system will not run on netbooks powered by ARM chips, Microsoft said on Wednesday, a blow to the British firm's hopes of becoming a big player in the sector.
ARM previously said netbooks using its chipsets would run on an operating system based on the open-source Linux system, which it says it prefers for its lower cost and the fact programmers can tailor it to their needs.
"For people who want a PC, albeit a different chipset, we don't think those will work very well," Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft's corporate vice-president for original equipment manufacturers, told Reuters during an interview at Computex.
No one at ARM was immediately available for comment.
Guggenheimer also said he did not think consumers would begin choosing Google's Android operating system over Microsoft, pointing to possible compatibility issues, its Linux core and a lack of supporting software.
"I'm somewhat sceptical that consumers will begin running to Android right now. You'll still want your printer to work, you'll still want your software to work," Guggenheimer said.
"There's a lack of a complete ecosystem around Android."
Microsoft said on Tuesday Windows 7 would be launched on Oct. 22, and would be released to manufacturers in late July, ahead of its original schedule and in time for the peak holiday shopping season at the end of the year.