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Windows 7 to ship in six flavors

Posted on Wednesday, February 04 2009 @ 20:37:02 CET by

Microsoft has announced there will be six versions of the upcoming Windows 7 operating system; Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.

That sounds like a lot but most consumers will only be confronted by the Home Premium and Professional SKUs. The Starter edition is only for OEMs, Home Basic is only available in emerging markets, Enterprise is for enterprises only and the Ultimate edition will have limited availability.

Engadget published a list with the differences of the six Windows 7 SKUs:

Windows 7 Starter  
  • Available worldwide to OEMs on new PCs
  • Missing Aero UI tweaks
  • Limited to 3 simultaneous applications
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (Vista equivalent: $200)
  • Only available in emerging markets
  • Missing Aero UI tweaks
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Vista equivalent: $260)
    • Available worldwide, to OEMs and in retail
    • Includes Aero UI tweaks
    • Features multi-touch capabilities
    • Adds "premium" games
    • Adds media capabilities (Media Center, DVD playback, DVD creation, etc.)
    • Can create home network groups
    Windows 7 Professional (Vista equivalent: $300)
    • 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
    • Adds Presentation Mode
    Windows 7 Enterprise
    • Available only in volume licenses
    • Includes all features of Professional
    • Adds Branch Cache
    • Adds Direct Access
    • Adds BitLocker
    Windows 7 Ultimate (Vista equivalent: $320)
    • Limited OEM and retail availability
    • Includes all features of Enterprise


    Use Disqus to post new comments, the old comments are listed below.

    Re: Windows 7 to ship in six flavors
    by Anonymous on Thursday, February 05 2009 @ 01:06:01 CET
    MS will never learn will they? There should be 4 flavors:
    Home w Media

    Both home and business should have Media player (but not Media Center) because even business folks have to listen in on web conferences and webinars. It's absurd to think only home users need that. Business users can get encrypting and remote access and nice business tools. Home can concentrate on Media player and simple movie and picture editing. Home Media Center is for the Home Theater types.

    This pricing system, along with "ultimate" and it's horrific cost are nothing more than pre-recession largesse, Microsoft overcharging everyone high and low to keep the fat cats fat.

    This is going to once again, drive people to XP, harm Win 7 sales and all because Microsoft is being insultingly greedy.



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