Windows Vista to ship in seven edition

Posted on Sunday, September 11 2005 @ 12:05 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
It looks like not two, not three but seven editions of Windows Vista will be launched! This includes the most basic version called Windows Vista Starter Edition which will only be available to emerging markets, just likt Windows XP Starter Edition.

Here's a look at all (not yet officially announced) flavors of Windows Vista:

Windows Vista Starter Edition
  • Only sold in emerging markets
  • Very feature limited
  • Only 3 simultaneous applications running

    Windows Vista Home Basic Edition
  • Equivalent to XP Home
  • Includes firewall, parental controls, Security Center, Movie Maker, Photo Library and more
  • For first time buyer / budget conscious

    Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
  • Everything from Vista Home Basic
  • Adds DVD video authoring, HDTV support, DVD ripping support
  • Similar to current XP Media Center edition but with added features

    Windows Vista Professional Edition
  • Aimed at the business consumer
  • Can join domain, has IIS web server
  • Akin to XP Pro

    Windows Vista Small Business Edition
  • Designed for small businesses without IT staff
  • Backup and Shadow Copy support, Castle and server-join networking, and PC fax and scanning utility
  • Pre-paid access to the Windows Live! Small Business or Microsoft Office Live! subscription services

    Windows Vista Enterprise Edition
  • Optimized for the enterprise
  • Ships with Virtual PC & the multi-language user interface (MUI)
  • Aimed at business decision makers, IT managers and decision makers, and information workers/general business users.

    Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
  • "The best operating system ever offered for a personal PC"
  • Superset of both Vista Home Premium and Vista Pro Edition
  • Podcasting application, Game Performance Tweaker, possible free music/movie downloads

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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