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.
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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.