Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Windows 7 versions

Why do microsoft always decide to release several version of the same OS, i was hoping they wouldnt do this with the release of windows 7 but alas its here again. here's the list of OS versions, the only one i care about really is windows 7 home premium.

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


Anonymous said...

There are various reasons for this but I personnally feel it is done more for security.

The more features available on windows means more ways hackers or malicious individuals could attak your system.

I think its just a neater way to lock down your system without the end user getting bugged down in details.

But I gotta admit it looks too much and could be confusing to peeps.

chiedu ifeozo said...

i see what you mean about security, there are many apps in the higher versions that home users do not really need, and that creates more opportunities for attack.

I think theres a revenue angle as well, i have no problem with them making more money, especially when i do not have to pay for more features that i wouldnt really use.