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Feb
2009

Microsoft announce six Windows 7 editions. Doh!

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Only after  years of migraines and terrible headaches we got accustomed to the many confusing Windows Vista editions only to find out that we have got to start all over again and learn everything from the beginning! As a matter of fact, Microsoft has just announced six Windows 7 editions , also called Stock Keeping Units, which have been specifically tailored for the final user and his needs. The question is: will the final user be able to understand which version is more suitable for him without going through a lot of pain? Each Windows 7 version is  a “superset” of the previous one. This means that each version (apart from the Starter) will have all those features the lower version has got. Let’s see in detail what I am talking about:

Windows 7 Starter

  • Available worldwide to OEMs on new PCs
  • Missing Aero UI tweaks
  • Limited to 3 simultaneous applications

Windows 7 Home Basic

  • Only available in emerging markets
  • Missing Aero UI tweaks

Windows 7 Home Premium

  • Available worldwide, to OEMs and in retail
  • Includes Aero UI tweaks
  • Features multi-touch capabilities
  • Premium games
  • Media capabilities such as  Media Center, DVD playback, DVD creation

Windows 7 Professional

  • Available worldwide, to OEMs and in retail
  • Includes all features of Premium
  • Adds enhanced networking capabilities (Remote Desktop host, domain support, offline folders, etc.)
  • Adds Mobility Center


Windows 7 Enterprise

  • Available only in volume licenses
  • Includes all features of Professional
  • Adds Branch Cache
  • Adds Direct Access
  • Adds BitLocker

Windows 7 Ultimate

  • Limited OEM and retail availability
  • Includes all features of Enterprise



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