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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Windows 7 and its Different Editions Available

For those of us in the developed world, there are only three editions that matter:
  • Windows 7 Home Premium: This is the successor to Windows Vista Home Premium.

  • Windows 7 Home Professional: This edition drops the Business label used in Windows Vista and goes back to the old XP-era name, presumably to give XP users more comfort in their upgrade decision.

  • Windows 7 Ultimate/Enterprise: In the retail channel, this edition will be called Ultimate; for corporate customers with a Select license agreement, it will be called Enterprise.
2 more editions of Windows 7 are around but the ability to get hold of is highly constrained.
  • Windows 7 Home Basic: Lacks the Aero interface, will be available for sale only in emerging markets and will not legally be available for sale in the U.S., Western Europe, Japan, and other developed countries.

  • Windows 7 Starter Edition: with its artificial restriction on performance (you can only run three simultaneous programs) will be available for sale worldwide, but only as a preinstalled operating system on OEM-built PCs “limited to specific types of hardware.”
Microsoft simplifies the Windows 7 lineup [via]

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