Windows 7: Six versions of Microsoft's operating system
Windows 7: According to media reports there will be six different versions of the forthcoming operating system.
It seems like Microsoft won't reduce the number of different versions for Windows 7. Mary Jo Foley, the always well informed blogger at ZDnet, says in her current Windows 7 article, that Microsoft will offer six different versions of Windows 7.
Windows 7: The versions
Accordingly the following versions of windows 7 will be introduced:
- Windows 7 Starter Edition (for emerging markets and netbooks)
- Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
- Windows 7 Home Premium (Windows 7 with all Media Center feature)
- Windows 7 Professional (Business version for personal use)
- Windows 7 Enterprise (volume licensees)
- Windows 7 Ultimate (customers who need business feature)
Foley says that Microsoft wants to focus on the Home Premium and Professional since Bill Veghte, Senior Vice President of the Windows business, estimates that 80 percent of the customers will choose one of those two versions.
Windows 7: Versions in detail
- Windows 7 Starter Edition: Only three programs at the same time. Is said to be available pre-installed only and is restricted to certain hardware. Field of application: netbooks primarily
- Windows 7 Home Basic: No Aero, probably not for sale in North America, Europe usw. (emerging markets only)
- Windows 7 Home Premium: Successor of Vista Home Premium. Default version of Windows 7. Aero, Media Center, DVD playback and Multi-Touch included.
- Windows 7 Professional: Successor of Vista Business. All features of Home Premium (incl. Media Center). Add-ons: Access to Windows Domains,
Group guidelines, Remote Desktop, network backup, Encrypting file system.
- Windows 7 Ultimate/Enterprise: Ultimate is for the retail market and Enterprise of business customers. All features of the Professional Edition plus BitLocker, BitLocker to go, boot process from VHD.
Prices have not been revealed up to now.
According to ZDnet, windows XP owners can upgrade to 7 directly. For this you just have to buy a upgrade license, but you will still have to install Windows 7 from scratch. Upgrading within the Windows 7 family is also said to be possible. Within 5 to 10 minutes the upgrade from Home Premium to Professional is said to be completed by unlocking the appropriate features.
What do you think about Microsoft's decision to release multiple versions of Windows 7? Give your opinion in the comments.