Windows 7 to be released in 6 flavours

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A lot of people seem to be kicking up a fuss at all the versions Microsoft will be offering Windows in. Personally I don't really see what the fuss is about 99% of users will only see 2 or 3 of the versions and the choice is quite simple. For the non techie people you are likely to only see 1 version installed on your home PC and that is the Home Premium version.

Anyway here is a list of the possible options:

  • Windows 7 Starter (limited to three apps concurrently)
  • Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (adds Aero, Touch, Media Center)
  • Windows 7 Professional (Remote Desktop host, Mobility Center, Presentation mode)
  • Windows 7 Enterprise (volume license only, boot from virtual drive, BitLocker)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (limited availability, includes everything)
  • 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

    Considering there is currently only a $60(£40?) premium for Ultimate I am not sure why it may have limited availability? I know most people don't need it but there are plenty of tech enthusiasts with more money than sense who would happily pay the extra.

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